Fergus Falls, MN
Nelson County, VA
By Tommy Stafford
Our special thanks to KTSP-TV anchor Bill Lunn In Minneapolis, Minnesota for he and his staff’s assistance working the story with us from that end.
As BRL first broke the story earlier in the day Thursday on our Facebook page, two felons on the run have now been captured. VSP picks up the details in their release below.
The East Nelson woman who was shot remains in serious condition after she was transported to UVA Medical Center by Wintergreen Fire & Rescue earlier this week.
View history and timeline leading up to the capture by clicking here.
Official release from VSP:
The two fugitives from North Carolina being sought in a Nelson County shooting are now in police custody. Shortly after 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, Sean D. Castorina and Penny M. Dawson were apprehended by the Fergus Falls, Minn., Police Department. The two were arrested without incident at a gas station within that jurisdiction.
The two will be extradited back to Virginia to face charges of malicious wounding, use of a firearm and grand larceny of a vehicle.
During the past two days, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office, the Nelson County, Va., Sheriff’s Office, Burlington, N.C., Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service have been actively pursuing leads and searching for the couple.
The incident began Aug. 19, 2017, when the Burlington, N.C. Police Department received a report of a missing person. Mr. Harold Dean Simpson, 84, was last seen by his family at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Mr. Simpson’s silver 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt was located by the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office at 6:48 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 21. The vehicle, with North Carolina license plate EMA 8936, had been abandoned on Laurel Road in eastern Nelson County.
During the course of the investigation into the abandoned vehicle, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at approximately 7:30 p.m., Tuesday (Aug. 22) about a shooting victim at a residence on Laurel Road near Rockfish River. When law enforcement arrived on scene, they found a 60-year-old female suffering from a gunshot wound. She continues to be treated at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., for serious injuries.
After the shooting, Castorina and Dawson fled the residence in a 2002 Dodge Dakota that belonged to the owner of the residence. The two were still driving the stolen pickup truck when apprehended in Minnesota.
The search continues for Mr. Simpson. Anyone with information related to Mr. Simpson’s disappearance is asked to still please contact the Burlington, N.C., Police or call 911 or, in Virginia, call #77 on a cell phone.
Corinne N. Geller
Public Relations Director
Virginia State Police
BRL has been able to independently confirm outside of law enforcement and with law enforcement sources in Buckingham County, VA that the two fugitives on the run from police have been apprehended.
Family and friends of the victim say they were caught in Minnesota. Though we have not been able to confirm that with law enforcement.
BRL has attempted to get Nelson Sheriff David Hill to confirm the capture. Thus far he has not returned any of our calls.
We have an inquiry into the Virginia State Police as well.