~ PVN staff report
LURAY, Feb. 2 — The Luray Police Department quickly resolved a potentially deadly situation on Thursday at the Family Convenience store on West Main Street.
At 12:02 p.m., Luray police were dispatched to the store because “a female was reportedly being held against her will,” according to Police Chief C.S. “Bow” Cook. “The report was that there was a male subject with a gun not letting her leave.”
Specifically, the man was confining the woman to the former coin laundry space adjacent to the convenience store. The coin laundry is no longer in operation and the space is generally used for storage.
When police arrived, they entered the former laundromat and the suspect gave up immediately, according to Chief Cook. The 30-year-old female, of Luray, was taken to Page Memorial Hospital for evaluation. A gun was recovered at the scene, but it was an air gun.
“There was no standoff,” Chief Cook said. “We quickly made entry and within minutes it was resolved.”
James Marshall Jr., 32, of Luray, was taken into custody without incident and charged with brandishing a firearm and abduction. As of Thursday evening, he was still being held in custody at the Page County Jail, awaiting a bond hearing potentially on Friday.
The male suspect and the female victim knew one another prior to the incident.
Quick police action potentially dissolved what could have erupted into another standoff like the incident that occurred at the store on June 22, 2021. A video recording from a neighbor across the street that day shows police surrounding the front of the convenience store and pleading with De’Shon J. Hill, 39, of Luray, to put down his gun. After a one-hour standoff involving two hostages, Hill exited the store with what appeared to be a rifle and was shot multiple times by police. The gun was later discovered to be an air rifle.
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