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Sheriff: Good Samaritans take proper steps that stop carjacking suspect

By CATHY KUEHNER

The Winchester Star

BERRYVILLE — In addition to the dozens of law enforcement officials who were involved in the capture of an armed carjacking suspect early Wednesday morning, three men beginning their workday emerged as the good Samaritans who made all the difference.

“ These men did ever ything right,” Clarke County Sheriff Tony Roper said on Thursday. “ The first thing they did right was make the decision to protect their neighbors.”

Wayne Warfield Jr., his business partner Shannon Dulaney and employee Brian Morgan were at the Chilly Hollow Road farm co- owned by Warfield and Dulaney when they received a text message from Warfield’s sister at 5:48 a.m.

Beth Marple, who decided to go to work early on Wednesday, wanted the men to know about the large police presence along nearby Harry Byrd Highway (Va. 7).

Marple, who works for the Clarke County court system, spoke with an officer on the scene and was able to convey that police were looking for a young man who had stolen and then crashed an SUV on Va. 7. The man had left on foot toward Quarry Road, which parallels Chilly Hollow Road.

Though Warfield, Dulaney and Morgan were working near the farm’s outbuildings — out of sight of the vast open pasture and trees that stand between Quarry and Chilly Hollow roads — the Angus cattle in the field were the first to sound the alarm at about 7:45 a.m.

“ The mothers have calves, and they’re very protective. They were behaving like something was wrong,” said Warfield.

By 8 a. m., Morgan, 24, jumped

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Wayne Warfield Jr. (from left), Brian Morgan and Shannon Dulaney pose for a photo on Thursday at the farm where the three encountered a carjacking suspect that was on the run after crashing the vehicle on Harry Byrd Highway (Va. 7) in Clarke County, near the property, on Wednesday. The men were at the Warfield Homes shop (located on farm property) getting ready for work when they were alerted of the situation via text messaging. Warfield noticed the cows were acting as if something was wrong when he spotted the suspect running toward the shop.

GINGER PERRY/ The Winchester Star

Brian Morgan talks on Thursday about his encounter with a carjacking suspect as he was preparing for work at the Warfield Homes shop on Chilly Hollow Road in Clarke County on Wednesday.

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