Surfboards lead to suspected kidnapper’s arrest in Virginia

CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE-TUNNEL (WAVY) – If it weren’t for high winds and an alert staff, a suspected kidnapper probably would have made it across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Phillip Timmons is now in the Virginia Beach jail facing a long list of charges.

Phillip Timmons. Photo courtesy VBPD


Police say the investigation began Sunday, October 4. The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland received a 911 call from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend broke into her home and was kidnapping her. When deputies arrived at the home on Powellville Road, no one was there. Deputies found an open, empty Glock box in the victim’s bedroom and .45 ammunition on the floor. The victim’s cell phone, wallet and vehicle were still at the house.

Investigators interviewed family members and identified the ex-boyfriend as Phillip Timmons and discovered the victim had applied for a protective order against him.

The Wicomico Bureau of Investigation took over the case at this point and put out a BOLO to the surrounding states. Around this time, police say the suspect attempted to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. His truck was stopped because of two surfboards in the back, which he had to remove due to wind restrictions.

Timmons’ truck. Oct. 6, 2015 (WAVY/Joel Hilton)

“This was a bad situation,” said Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Police Chief Edward Spencer. “It could have gotten a whole lot worse.”

While unloading the boards, police say the victim jumped into the driver seat and drove off. Timmons reportedly jumped in the bed of the truck and tried to get in the truck through a broken window.

“Once he got out of the vehicle that was her opportunity to make a move and she did,” Spencer added.

The victim stopped the truck and got out when she spotted CBBT police. She yelled that she had been kidnapped and told police Timmons had a gun on him.

“The officer went out, because somebody was standing in the back of a pickup truck and he was trying to intervene in what’s going on,” Spencer said.

Officers struggled with the suspect before ultimately taking him into custody.

Timmons was scheduled to appear before the Virginia Beach Magistrate Tuesday morning on the following charges: use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, violation of a protective order, brandish or point a firearm, felony fugitive from justice, carrying a concealed weapon, abduction by force without justification, police type radio used in the commission of a crime and driving with a revoked license.

Timmons is being held in the Virginia Beach jail. He is facing charges in both Virginia Beach and Maryland. We’re told he will be tried in Virginia Beach first before he is sent back to Maryland.

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