Suspect in the Disappearance of Missing Hannah Graham, Jesse Matthew Arrested Wednesday Galveston, Texas
DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS … JESSE MATTHEW ARRESTED IN GALVESTON …
32 year old Jesse Matthew, the suspect in the disappearance of missing UVA student Hannah Graham, has been arrested Wednesday afternoon in Galveston County, Texas. Earlier this week, Jesse Matthew was officially named a suspect in Hannah Graham’s disappearance and charged him with the class 2 felony of abduction with intent to defile. Authorities found Jesse Matthew on a Texas beach some 1,300 miles from the Commonwealth of Virginia and took him into custody. Matthew is expected to make his first court appearance on Thursday. According to Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo, the extradition process has already begun to bring Matthew back to Virginia.
18 year old Hannah Graham, who has been missing since September 13 where she was last seen in the Downtown Mall area of Charlottesville, VA. Authorities are now offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Hannah Graham, a second-year student at the University of Virginia. Police Chief Timothy Longo stated at a press conference on Wednesday night, “We have a person in custody, but there’s a long road ahead of us, and that long road includes finding Hannah Graham.”
The man charged with abducting missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been arrested in Texas, police said.
Jesse Matthew, 32, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Galveston County, Texas, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo told reporters Wednesday evening. He did not provide any details about how Matthew was arrested, or how he got to Texas. Matthew was charged Tuesday with abduction with intent to defile in the disappearance of second-year student Hannah Graham, 18, who vanished after leaving an off-campus party on Sept. 13.
“This case is nowhere near over. We have a person in custody, but a long road ahead of us,” Longo said. “We’re asking every person within the sound of my voice to find Hannah.”
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office said Matthew was arrested on a beach in Gilchrist, Texas, at around 3:30 p.m. but wouldn’t provide further details. FBI Special Agent Adam Lee called the arrest “a positive close to this chapter of this very important case.”
Jesse Matthew – mug shot posted by the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office said Matthew was located on the beach in Gilcrest on the Bolivar Peninsula around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
According to Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, deputies received a call about a suspicious person camping in a tent on the beach. A deputy responded and ran the license plate of the suspicious person’s vehicle.
The license plate came back as “hot,” or wanted, said Henry, who was briefed on the circumstances.
Henry told Local 2 investigative reporter Jace Larson that Matthew did not resist arrest. The light blue Nissan Sentra found nearby was impounded.
Authorities are urging anyone with information to call the police tip line at 434-295-3851.