Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Police charge black man with abduction of missing student
Police know that African-American Jesse Matthew was with University of Virginia student Hannah Graham before she was reported missing earlier in September 2014. But until recently, they had been careful not to call him a suspect or to file charges more serious than reckless driving. Now, however, the 32-year-old is charged with abduction with intent to defile. Police did not say what led to the charges, but they removed articles of clothing from his apartment during a second search. "Through the investigation we determined there were other items we needed to look for and that's why a second search warrant" was executed, says a police captain. "We might not have known about those items during the first search warrant." Matthew is not in custody, and police have raised the possibility that he left the area in a borrowed car. Graham, 18, has been missing since September 13, 2014. She showed up on surveillance video about 1am in the Downtown Mall — a pedestrian strip in Charlottesville — on foot and apparently lost. Later video showed her inside a bar/restaurant with Matthew. They left soon after he bought alcohol.