Stafford suspect located with help of drone

PHOTO CREDIT: Stafford County Police Department

STAFFORD, Va – On Tuesday, September 26th around 8:30 a.m. deputies from the Stafford Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the northern part of Stafford County after receiving a tip that a wanted subject was in the area.


Police received information that the suspect, Fredy Daniel Velasquez, Jr. , 27, was seen in the backyard of a town home along the 400 block of Pinnacle Drive.  Velasquez had several outstanding warrants for his arrest and had previously fled from police.  Deputies quickly converged on the area and learned that Velasquez had run into the woods behind the town home just prior to their arrival.  A perimeter was established around the area while the Sheriff’s Office deployed a drone to find the man. The drone operator, Captain B.G. Worcester, quickly picked up a thermal image of an individual believed to be Velasquez hiding in the wooded area between Pinnacle Drive and Mine Road.  Captain Worcester directed deputies to the exact location where they ultimately found Velasquez hiding under a tree where he was taken into custody without incident.


Velasquez was arrested on two outstanding Domestic A&B warrants as well as a Capias for failing to comply with pretrial supervision.  Velasquez was brought before a magistrate where he was held without bond.  He is currently incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.