May 7, 2013
Police made a third arrest late Tuesday afternoon in what authorities have called a fake ID ring based out of a Charlottesville home. Exclusive video of the arrest can be found at the top of this page.
A white Range Rover wanted in connection to an investigation at a home on Rugby Road was spotted in the parking lot of the Barracks Road Shopping Center.
Witnesses say they saw law enforcement officers with weapons drawn chase after a suspect, Alan McNeil Jones, through the shopping center.
Jones, who also goes by the name Josh Tucker, was apprehended by officers in front of Harris Teeter and is now in custody.
At 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy held a press conference to announce two other people have been arrested in the case earlier in the day and that Jones was on the run. Jones' arrest was made an hour later.
Heaphy announced the arrests of Mark Bernardo and Kelly Erin McPhee in connection to the fake ID ring. Heaphy said the group ran the fake ID ring mostly through the Internet and specialized in high-quality driver's licenses.
An affidavit filed in federal court by a Homeland Security agent says an investigation revealed that since early 2011, the defendants mailed more than 4,000 parcels containing high-quality phony driver's licenses to addresses at or near colleges.
This series of events began Monday night, when Virginia State Police closed a portion of Rugby Road without divulging any information to the public. The 900 block of Rugby Road was closed for about an hour, reopening at 10:30 p.m.
For most of the day on Tuesday, Virginia State Police remained on the scene, loading up an armored truck with boxes from the house and removing a dog from the property. They also loaded guns into the truck.
Neighbors of the house on Rugby Road described the residents as a young couple who largely kept to themselves. Others said they had never seen anyone outside of the house.
This is a developing story. Stay with newsplex.com for continuing updates.