UPDATED 10:45pm Thursday:
An update to a story we brought you Wednesday night. Harrisonburg police have arrested a wanted murder suspect.
Dallas Chaplin was arrested in his hometown of Staunton Thursday. Officers put us on alert, because they thought he may have traveled to Roanoke.
Harrisonburg police are asking folks here in Roanoke to be on alert for a Staunton man.
They say Dallas Chaplin (pictured) is wanted for a murder in Harrisonburg Sunday. Officers say they have reason to believe Chaplin may be in Roanoke now.
If you see him, call police.
Below is the full press release from the Harrisonburg Police Department:
The Harrisonburg Police Department has obtained arrest warrants for the suspect in the shooting death of Benjamin Graessle. The suspect has been identified as Dallas Chaplin, 19, of Staunton.
The outstanding warrants are for first degree murder (18.2-32, a felony in Virginia) and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (18.2-53.1, a felony in Virginia). The Harrisonburg Police Department is actively seeking help from the community in locating Chaplin.
“Since December 23, 2012, the Harrisonburg Police Department has been utilizing numerous resources to include state, local, and federal agencies in an effort to locate Dallas Chapin. We will continue to use all resources available to ensure Chaplin is arrested and brought to justice for this crime,” says Lt. Chris
Rush, Division Commander, Criminal Investigaitons, Harrisonburg Police Department.
In addition, the Harrisonburg Police Department has arrested Givi Dudunia, 19, of Staunton. Dudunia was charged with Assault and Battery (18.2-57, a misdemeanor in Virginia) Dudunia is charged with an assault that took place on December 23, 2012 at 895 Port Road before the shooting death of Graessle.
Anyone with additional information, who wishes to remain anonymous, is asked to call Crime Solvers at 540-574-5050. Tipsters may also text “HPD” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Anyone providing information that leads to the arrest of Chaplin, may be eligible for an award through Crime Solvers.