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Stoneman found in residence near Joy Ranch Rd.

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Police had been searching for Cheston Stoneman since he allegedly cut a deputy and jumped into the river to escape.

By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE — Local authorities have apprehended 32-year-old Cheston Stoneman, who had been sought in connection with the malicious wounding of a Wythe County deputy last month.

According to a news release from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Stoneman was taken into custody May 7 at approximately 8:10 p.m. Members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s office, Virginia State Police and the Wythe County Sheriff’s office were involved in the capture, the release said.

Stoneman was found at a residence off Joy Ranch Road after police received information that he might be inside.
He was arrested on warrants from Wythe County for the malicious wounding of Deputy Zach Puckett on April 27. He was also served with warrants from Carroll County for probation violations for six previous felony convictions.

Stoneman was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail and held with no bond.
Wythe County deputies received a report at 1:40 a.m. on April 27, from a property owner asking deputies to check out trespassers who had built a fire in a Max Meadows location near the New River. 
When deputies arrived, they approached a group of people near the fire, and one man — identified as Stoneman — ran for the river.
When confronted by Puckett, Stoneman allegedly slashed at the officer, cutting his hand, and then jumped into the river.

The other people who were with Stoneman allegedly lied about his identity at first, which led to additional charges against Stoneman’s brother, Taylor Stoneman, 18, of Hillsville; and Joy Lawrence, 31, of Galax.
They were charged with making false reports and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A 16-year-old female was also at the scene.