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For Immediate Release

February 01, 2018 Chris Leuer, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Virginia – Norfolk Division (757) 963-5998;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Virginia Double Homicide Suspect Turns Himself in to Police
Norfolk, VA - Three weeks after a nationwide media campaign, a man charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend and her father is in custody. Amos Jacob Arroyo, 32, had been on the run for six months before turning himself in to police in Texas late Wednesday.

Around 6:15 p.m. July 30, Newport News police responded to reports of a shooting at a trailer on York River Lane. Patricia Joseph and her father Jessie Barnes were killed as a result of the shooting. Joseph is Arroyo’s ex-girlfriend and is the mother of their two children who were present in the trailer at the time of the murders. Arroyo was identified and charged as the suspect, and the U.S. Marshals were asked for assistance in tracking Arroyo down.

Investigation revealed that Arroyo fled to Georgia immediately following the murders, leaving his vehicle and identification cards behind after purchasing clothes at a Walmart in Pooler, Georgia. On Jan. 10, U.S. Marshals used a nationwide media campaign to generate tips on Arroyo, who was known to have ties all over the country. U.S. Marshals received numerous tips from multiple states on possible sightings of Arroyo.

Last night, Arroyo turned himself in to the Lynn County Sheriff’s Office in Tahoka, Texas. Arroyo remains in custody there while awaiting return to Virginia.

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