Trooper catches twin brothers wanted for Florida murder

Posted at 2:24 PM, May 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-24 14:24:39-04

PALM BAY, Florida (WTVR) – Virginia State Police have captured two twin brothers from Florida wanted on murder charges.

Troopers received a “be on the lookout” alert for a white SUV from Florida just after 4 a.m. Thursday.

A trooper, positioned on I-95, spotted the SUV heading north. The trooper stopped the vehicle along the interstate in Stafford County – and Octavius and Obadiah Toppin were arrested without incident.

Palm Bay police said the Toppin bothers face murder charges for the Wednesday afternoon shooting death of Raymond Torres. Just after 4 p.m., Torres was shot while standing in his driveway.

Eyewitnesses told police the identity of the suspects, including a description of their vehicle.

Law enforcement agencies along the eastern U.S. were alerted to be on the lookout to for the pair who were believed to be heading to New York to visit family friends.

The Toppin brothers are being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail, pending extradition back to Florida.