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Culpeper: Owens takes Labor Day leap, captured later

Owens takes flying leap but flight foiled.
A 33-year-old Spotsylvania County man facing numerous felony charges in Culpeper County, including robbery and home invasion, escaped from the Culpeper County Jail about 11 a.m., Monday. He was taken into custody in the Brandy Station area about 3:30 p.m.

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Detective Angela Deavers said Owens jumped from the jail roof four stories up to affect his escape.

He did not require medical treatment when arrested.

A helicopter and police K-9s are searched for Horace Thompson Owens, who was described as 5-11, 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and unknown color shorts.

The Culpeper County Public Safety Communications Center issued two Code Red calls to town residents warning them of the escape and asking anyone spotting Owens to call 727-7900.

Owens was the subject of a manhunt in July following a home invasion and assault on Old Stillhouse Road.

At the time of the home invasion, Owens had mistakenly been released by a magistrate in Fauquier County on charges there, while other jurisdictions wanted him held without bond on charges pending in their courts.

U.S. Marshals arrested Owens in July in a Richmond hotel. He was being held in the Culpeper County Jail.

The Code Red announcement stated that Owens was allegedly spotted on Park Road in town shortly after the escape.

Owens had charges of burglary, attempted robbery, abduction and robbery certified to a circuit court grand jury on Aug. 28. A misdemeanor charge of assault and battery was dropped by prosecutors.

Owens was sentenced on Aug. 20 to 12 months in jail, with six months suspended for providing a false name to law enforcement in Stafford County. He faces nine felony charges in Fairfax County and scheduled to appear in general district court on Sept. 9 for preliminary hearings on those charges.

Owens faces additional felony charges in Fauquier and Warren counties.

The investigation into Owens’ escape remains ongoing and additional charges may be filed.

Wally Bunker is a freelance contributor with the Culpeper Times. You may reach him at wallybunker@outlook.com
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