Heavily armed state police kept gawkers at bay. At least one vehicle, a Cadillac SUV, was taken away on a wrecker.
31-year-old Alan McNeil Jones, a.k.a. Joshua Tucker, is on the lam, according to authorities.
Courtesy U.S. Attorney's office
Federal authorities and heavily armed state police swarmed a Rugby Road home today after issuing charges against three Charlottesville residents last night.
Arrested at 920 Rugby Road on Monday, May 6, 2013, were Kelly Erin McPhee, 31, Mark G. Bernardo, and 31-year-old Alan McNeil Jones, a.k.a. Joshua Tucker, all of Charlottesville.
All are charged with wire fraud, mail fraud and other activities related to the manufacturing of false identification, which in a college town summons to mind the term "fake IDs."
According to a release, Jones fled custody and is currently a fugitive who may be driving a white Range Rover with Washington State plate ALH-8881.
While the severity and extent of the alleged crimes committed by the arrestees remains unknown, the presence of an armored vehicle and at least half a dozen Virginia State Police tactical Team members carrying high powered assault rifles certainly stood out in a neighborhood known for its genteel homes with immaculately manicured lawns, and neighbors spent the day wondering what had happened inside the stucco-sided house.
"We never saw anyone there," said one Rugby Road resident, who asked not to be identified.
The house at 920 Rugby Road is owned by Phillipe LLC, and homeowners did not return the Hook's call by posting time.
According to Brian McGinn, spokesperson for the Western District of Virginia U.S. Attorney's office, the arrests resulted from a joint investigation by Homeland Security, the Postal Inspection Service, Virginia State Police and University of Virginia Police.
McPhee and Bernardo have initial court appearances on Wednesday, May 8, in federal court.