Police arrest Chesterfield murder suspect’s son

Posted at 10:55 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 05:54:49-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – The teenage son of a Chesterfield County man, accused of shooting his estranged wife and fatally shooting her boyfriend last week, was arrested on gun and drug charges, according to Crime Insider sources.

Hunter Federico, son of 44-year-old Joshua Federico, as taken into police custody Monday, according to online records.

It was initially unclear what, if any, connection the recent Manchester High School graduate had to last week's violence.

Hunter Federico is being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.

Crime Insider sources added another family member was also arrested on drug charges, but has since been released.

Joshua Federico appeared in court Monday where a judge denied  his bond. He is charged with maliciously wounding his estranged wife and murdering her boyfriend, 38-year-old Lawrence Howell.

Hunter and Joshua Federico (PHOTO: Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office)

Joshua Federico was arrested Sunday in an abandoned Chesterfield home following a nearly three-hour manhunt in Midlothian. That manhunt was set off when a Chesterfield fire medic spotted the shirtless murder suspect walking near a church and Publix grocery story.

The US Marshal Fugitive Task Force, the ATF, Chesterfield and State Police, along with a K-9 from Richmond zeroed in on a barn off of Spring Run Road behind an abandoned home.

Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett that Joshua Federico was lying down and acting as if he was sleeping when authorities opened the door. Those sources also said he had cash on him, and a sleeping bag was found in the barn.

Federico was wanted in the killing of Lawrence Howell whose body was found burned in a fire pit off Black Road, according to sources. Federico’s estranged wife is recovering at the hospital.

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