UPDATE 1:53 p.m. (5/3/22): Two days after a lengthy search in Lynchburg, authorities arrested a man wanted for several outstanding warrants on Tuesday morning.

According to the Lynchburg Police Department, at approximately 11:48 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, officers tried to stop a vehicle in which William Ashby May — one of the two people sought in connection with a stolen vehicle out of Bedford County — was traveling near the 800 block of Wyndhurst Drive.

During the traffic stop, police say May tried to run away, but officers caught up to him shortly afterward and took him into custody without further incident. He was then brought to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority in Lynchburg.

However, authorities have not provided an update on Heather Elizabeth Martin, the other woman believed to be involved in the vehicle theft.

If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call the Lynchburg Police Department at 434-455-6121 or Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900.



LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Multiple units from the Lynchburg Police Department spent Sunday searching for two people wanted in connection with a stolen vehicle out of Bedford County.

According to authorities, they responded to 1503 Grace Street –Dimond Hill Lofts — at approximately 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 for a report of a stolen vehicle.

While officers gathered information at the scene, the department says they determined Heather Elizabeth Martin and William Ashby May were involved with the stolen vehicle and believed to be in an apartment at that location. 

Officials tell WFXR News that Martin currently has an active felony warrant for unauthorized use of motor vehicle while May has multiple felony warrants out of several jurisdictions, including multiple offenses of possession of a gun with the intent to sell Schedule I/II drugs. 

For the public’s safety, police reportedly blocked several streets around 1503 Grace Street while the department’s Tactical Unit, Crisis Negotiations Team, and Drone Unit responded to assist. 

Despite a lengthy effort to find Martin and May, authorities announced Sunday night that they did not catch the pair.

If you have any information about this incident or the individuals involved in it, you are asked to call Officer Bonferraro at 434-221-6653 or Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900.

The investigation is ongoing.