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Man accused of shooting victim in face at McDonald’s caught after 21-hour hunt

Authorities said DeWayne Williams and a woman have been charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in connection with a shooting at a Woodbridge McDonald’s. (Prince William County Police Department/Prince William County Police Department)

After a 21-hour manhunt, Prince William Police caught a Woodbridge man wanted for allegedly shooting a man in the face in a McDonald’s parking lot.

A second suspect — accused of arranging to meet the victim in the parking lot and then showing up with a gunman — turned herself in to police about an hour after the alleged gunman was apprehended.

The man caught on Tuesday afternoon, DeWayne Williams, 28, was the subject of a lengthy manhunt in several locations in the Woodbridge area, starting after the shooting at about 6:50 p.m. at the fast food restaurant at 2891 Dale Blvd.

Authorities said the victim, whose injuries were not life-threatening, described Williams’s car to police. Police spotted it and chased it to the parking lot of Freedom High School, where they say Williams fled on foot. At that point, police said, Williams had already separated from the other suspect — Jamie Bowyer, 31, of Stafford.

Police said they searched the area around the high school, then learned that Williams had flagged down a 26-year-old man driving on nearby Neabsco Mills Road. They said the driver reported that Williams argued with him, then forced him to drive to Jefferson Davis Highway and Delaware Drive, where Williams got out of the car.

Again, police searched the area — this time, the Misty Ridge apartment complex — with the help of K-9 police dogs. At 3 a.m., they ended a door-to-door search of the apartments and the surrounding neighborhood without finding Williams.

Tuesday morning, police checked places that Williams was known to frequent, without success. They released photographs of Williams and Bowyer, and a citizen called to report spotting Williams. Police said they went to the area, conducted a perimeter search and found Williams hiding outdoors in the Montclair area by 4:25 p.m.

Both Williams and Bowyer were charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

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Julie Zauzmer is a local news reporter.



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