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Virginia woman wanted in triple murder of roommates captured after high-speed chase

A 23-year-old woman allegedly involved in the killings of her three roommates in Virginia was taken into custody after a chase on an upstate New York highway, police said Friday.

Alyssa Jane Venable was being sought by authorities after deputies of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office found two men and a woman dead from “super-body injuries” during a welfare check in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Tuesday night, the sheriff's office said.

The victims were identified as 77-year-old Robert John McGuire, 60-year-old Gregory Scott Powell, and 65-year-old Carol Anne Reese.

“After further investigation and evidence collection, it was discovered that a roommate had committed this heinous crime,” the sheriff's office said in a statement, which identified Venable as the suspect. She was wanted on three counts of second-degree murder and firearms charges, the sheriff's office said.

New York State Police troopers took Venable into custody Thursday evening, more than 300 miles from Fredericksburg. State police said she was driving a gray Honda Civic on Interstate 86 just after 5:30 p.m. when troopers tried to stop her, but she refused. Troopers pursued her and officers used a tire deflation device, causing the Civic to crash, the sheriff's office said, adding that speeds reached 100 mph. State police were assisted by the Steuben County Sheriff's Office.

Venable was taken to a hospital because his injuries were not life-threatening, state police said. He is being held at the Steuben County Jail. State police said police will move forward with extradition arrangements.

The sheriff's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. State police said they could not comment on a possible motive.


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