Harrisonburg homicide suspect arrested in Staunton - Waynesboro News Virginian: Newsvirginian

Twitter Facebook RSS
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Harrisonburg homicide suspect arrested in Staunton

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 7:30 am

A man wanted for a weekend shooting death in Harrisonburg was taken into custody by Staunton police Thursday night after hours of attempting to get him out of a city residence.

Dallas Chaplin, 19, of Staunton, was arrested without incident about 6 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of West Peabody Street, said investigator Chad Nestor of the Staunton police. Staunton Police Chief Jim Williams told NBC 29 the department's critical incident response team found Chaplin in a basement of the residence.

Chaplin was wanted on warrants of first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony by the Harrisonburg police. The warrants were obtained Wednesday and are in connection with the slaying early Sunday morning of Ben Graessle, 19, of Harrisonburg. Graessle was found unresponsive and shot outside his apartment at The Commons on Port Republic Road in Harrisonburg around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Williams said Harrisonburg police had notified his department early Thursday and told them Chaplin could be in Staunton. Surveillance of the residence in the 200 block of West Peabody started in the morning. Ultimately, a search warrant was obtained for the residence.

Williams told NBC29 that police used numerous strategies to get Chaplin to surrender. A police robot went into the residence Thursday afternoon. Police also made hundreds of loud calls to get Chaplin out. Ultimately, tear gas was used.

Nestor said other departments helping with Thursday’s arrest were the Augusta County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

Online poll

If the U.S. Senate election was held today, who would you vote for?

One of Virginia's two Senate seats is up for grabs this November, with the choices between incumbent Mark Warner, Republican challenger Ed Gillespie and Libertarian challenger Robert Sarvis.

Total Votes: 801

Click to submit a letter to the editor
Visit your local Commonwealth community today
Visit your local Commonwealth community today. www.CommonwealthAL.com
Sale at Fantastic Sams!
Going on Now! Sale on all Fantastic Sam Line of Products! Stop in today!
Summer Sales Event
Summer Sales Event at Malloy Ford! Ford Certified Pre-Owned 1.9% for 60 Months APR Financing. Stop by our dealership or visit our website for more details. 
Free Estimate
Contact Craig Construction today for a FREE estimate!
Sign Up Today! FREE Registration – a $125 Value!
Sign Up TODAY!  FREE Registration – a $125 Value at Kiddie Academy of Charlottesville! Call 434-202-1062 or stop by today for more information. 
All In One Can Recycling
All In One Can Recycling makes it EASY being green!  Locally owned, family run - Dixon Disposal.