Aug. 26, 2018
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – Chesterfield County Police have located and arrested Joshua M. Federico, who was wanted in connection to the homicide that occurred in the 13700 block of Second Branch Road on Aug. 24.
The murder warrant for Federico, 44, was obtained after human remains, believed to be those of Lawrence J. Howell, 38, were discovered on a property adjacent to Federico's residence. The preliminary investigation indicated Howell may have been injured during the Aug. 24 shooting.
At about 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 24, 2018, police responded for a report of an adult female with multiple gunshot wounds. The female, who lived at the residence in the 13700 block of Second Branch Road, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
On Aug. 24, police obtained warrants for Federico, of the 12300 block of Black Road, for malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in relation to the shooting.
Federico is the female victim’s estranged husband. Howell, who lived at the residence in the 13700 block of Second Branch Road, was the boyfriend of the female victim.
At about 11:21 a.m. on Aug. 26, 2018, police responded to the 13700 block of Hull Street Road for a reported sighting of Federico. Over the next several hours, sightings were reported in the Deer Run community.
Chesterfield County Police, with the assistance of Virginia State Police, Richmond City Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), FBI, and the U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, were able to locate Federico in the area of the 7900 block of Spring Run Road.
Federico was taken into custody without incident and is currently being held in the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.
Police continue to investigate and urge anyone with information about this incident to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.