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N E W S   R E L E A S E


Nov. 16, 2013






Stephen A. Rubino, Major


Augusta County man charged with abduction of a James City County woman


James City County Police have charged Joshua Wayne Snider, 27 of Lyndhurst, VA with abduction, strangulation, breaking & entering with intent to commit assault, grand larceny, and assault & battery.


At 9:30 p.m., on Friday, November 15, a 31-year-old James City County woman arrived home from work at her residence in the 4000 block of Midlands Rd. She was confronted in the parking lot by Snider who is her ex-boyfriend. Snider followed the victim and pulled her into the apartment and began arguing with her. There were signs that Snider had already been in the apartment before the victim arrived home. The television was on, his jacket was on the couch, and there was a strip of duct tape hanging on the wall.

Over the next 40 minutes, Snider held the victim against her will preventing her from leaving the apartment. He put duct tape over her mouth on a number of occasions. She tried using her cell phone to text for help but Snider took it from her. He reportedly pushed her onto the floor and began to strangle her. At one point, she tried to escape out the front door but was blocked by Snider. She was able to push him out the door and lock it but he ran around back and entered through the rear sliding glass door. Believing that the police were responding, he was pulling the victim toward his pickup truck in the parking lot when she was able to punch him in the head and scream. She ran to a neighbor’s house for help and Snider fled the area in his vehicle. The victim was treated and released from Williamsburg Sentara Hospital for her injuries.


James City County Police issued a BOL for Snider and his 1992 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, which was blue with white stripes and a red door. At 9:24 a.m., on Saturday, November 16, an off-duty James City County Police Officer spotted the vehicle in the Croaker Commuter Lot off of I-64. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but Snider drove off onto westbound I-64 refusing to stop.


Assistance was requested of the Virginia State Police. The pursuit was continued by the New Kent County Sheriff’s Officer, Henrico County Police, and Virginia State Police. Spike strips were deployed deflating a tire on the vehicle and the vehicle stopped near exit #195 on I-64.


It was discovered that Snider was suffering from a self-inflicted stab wound to his abdomen and cuts to his arm. He was taken into custody and transported to MCV where surgery was needed for those injuries. He remains hospitalized in custody without bond.

A bag brought by Snider containing rope, belts, sex toys, duct tape, and sleeping pills was recovered from the victim’s residence.



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