Prince William County authorities arrested a murder suspect from Pennsylvania Thursday night after a five-hour manhunt that began with a car chase in Manassas. No one was injured.
Earl Patrick Mitchell, 20, who was wanted as a suspect in a Pennsylvania slaying, led Manassas police on a chase that began about 1:30 p.m. His car came to a stop at the southeast edge of the city limits, and he jumped out near the corner of the Prince William Parkway and Tattersall Drive, an area that is surrounded by residential neighborhoods and woods near the Prince William County Fairgrounds.
Police used a helicopter and police dogs throughout the afternoon after Mitchell fled on foot before they apprehended him just after 8 p.m., said Officer Jonathan Perok, a Prince William County police spokesman.
No one was injured during the apprehension or while Mitchell was at large, Perok said.
Officials declined to release details about the arrest, including where and how police apprehended him.
Earlier, authorities put two schools on lockdown as police hunted for Mitchell, who police warned could have weapons with him.
Before Mitchell was taken into custody, Manassas police took the car’s sole passenger into custody, Perok said. Police did not release the passenger’s name.