Suspect Police Were Searching For Near Elsmere Apprehended in Virginia

A man that had authorities in several states searching for him has been apprehended in Virginia.

On Friday morning a heavy police presence and a State Police Helicopter circling overhead the Elsmere-area had residents wondering what authorities were looking for.  Rumors and speculation began making the rounds on social media and in the hallways of local schools.  They’re looking for an escaped prisoner from Gander Hill some speculated. Others said they heard that a man with a rifle had jumped from a train boxcar.

After looking into the issue we learned that there was no escaped prisoner. Authorities were looking for a man that had fled from police in Maryland earlier in the day. Authorities were searching the area of the CSX railroad tracks after police received information that the suspect may have hopped a train and was possibly in the area.

The original incident began at approximately 1:45 a.m., Friday morning when Ocean City, Maryland Police and began pursuing a vehicle reported stolen from Charles County, Maryland. The pursuit continued through Delaware before entering back into Maryland in Cecil County.  Troopers from the Maryland State Police North East Barrack joined the pursuit on MD 222.

As the suspect entered Perryville, Maryland, he began to drive down the CSX railroad tracks. Perryville Police Department officers pursued the suspect down the tracks.  Officials said the suspect vehicle eventually stopped and turned around and then drove toward the Perryville officers, who were then on foot, officials said. At least one Perryville officer fired multiple rounds at the suspect vehicle.

Investigators believe the suspect bailed out of the vehicle and ran into a wooded area by the tracks. A perimeter was set up by troopers from the North East and JFK barracks as well as Perryville police. Members of the Maryland State Police STATE team and K9 Unit also participated in the search effort.

The suspect was able to elude authorities and a notice was sent out to police throughout the region warning that the man may be armed.

The suspect, later identified as William H. Galvin, Jr., 29, of Hughesville, Md. was found at a trailer in Front Royal, Virginia, shortly after 5:30 p.m. Friday by members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team and the U.S. Marshals Service. He has been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer.

He is being held in Virginia pending extradition back to Maryland.