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Henrico abduction suspect, on the run for two months, picked up in North Carolina

Posted at 11:34 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 23:34:12-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Wanted for abduction, Freddie Ferrell, Jr. has been on the run since mid-December.

After he was picked up at a traffic stop in North Carolina Wednesday night, the fugitive now awaits extradition to Henrico County.

Ferrell has a long rap sheet with the Department of Corrections: he's got double-digit convictions for abduction and robbery dating back to the late 80's and early 90's.

In July of 2018, Ferrell was released by the state parole board then chaired by Adrienne Bennett.

"With the conduct being similar to what the old offenses were, if proven in a court beyond reasonable doubt, a judge would certainly consider the nature of the previous charges," said CBS-6 legal expert Todd Stone.

Nearly two years later, Ferrell was cleared of any supervision on March 18th of 2020.

Nine months after that, Crime insider sources said Ferrell was a suspect in the abduction of a man off Williamsburg Road in Henrico's East End.

The victim in the case, was stuffed into the trunk of a car, but managed to escape at a traffic light at Airport Drive.

"To be charged with the same serious conduct that was convicted of prior to parole, that's what a judge will be looking at," said Stone.

Ferrell's freedom is over for now as he awaits extradition from a cell at the Durham County Jail in North Carolina.

In the past, Republican lawmakers have questioned some parolees release from Governor Northam's parole board who later reoffended.

Stone offers another perspective.

"Well, the ones we hear about are the ones that mess up and reoffend, but we don't hear about those who've been paroled and moved on with a productive life,” said Stone. “It's important to keep in mind that it's a system created by humans and run by humans and it's not going to be perfect."

Ferrell should have an extradition hearing soon and will eventually be transferred to Henrico Jail.