Richmond Police recently arrested a man after officers observed suspicious behavior being exhibited in the area of the Countryside Inn.
Authorities observed Joseph Fox near a vehicle in the parking lot of the hotel. Fox, upon noticing the official, reportedly started walking fast and avoiding eye contact on his way to the hotel stairwell.
Police ran the license plate of the vehicle that Fox had been near earlier, discovering that it had been reported as stolen in the database.
Upon being unable to locate Fox, officers reviewed security camera footage which showed a subject matching his description moving towards a nearby restaurant. When authorities went to make contact with Fox, he allegedly began walking away after being requested to come towards the police.
According to the arrest citation, Fox started running when officials told him to stop. This lead to a brief foot chase which ended after Fox tripped while running down an embankment. Fox was placed in handcuffs, and questioned about the stolen vehicle.
Fox reportedly stated that the car was not stolen, and that the owner had “traded it for dope”. Police asked for elaboration on the comment, but Fox responded that he was “not a rat”.
Officers then retrieved a baggie from Fox’s person which allegedly contained heroin and marijuana residue. Fox was charged with Operating on a Suspended Open License, Fleeing Police, Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.