Virginia double homicide suspect on the run

A head shot of 32-year-old Amos Jacob Arroyo from 2015. / Photo: US Marshal's Service & MGN Online

A man wanted for a double homicide case in Virginia and was last seen in Georgia is being hunted by U.S. Marshals.

32-year-old Amos Jacob Arroyo is alleged to have killed Patricia Joseph and her father Jessie Barnes on July 30 in Newport News, Virginia.

Joseph is is Arroyo’s ex-girlfriend and is the mother of their two children who were present at the time of the murders.

Arroyo was last seen at a Pooler, Georgia Walmart August 1 after law enforcement found his vehicle and id cards abandoned in the parking lot. While in the Walmart, he purchased a backpack, underwear, socks, a hooded sweatshirt, pants, and tee shirts.

“The morning after the murders he was already 500 miles away. By the time we found his vehicle in Georgia, we were a day behind him. Not only did he leave his car behind, we believe he left his old identity behind as well,” said U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia Bobby Mathieson.

Marshals say that Arryo has ties all over the country including New York, California, Georgia, Virginia, Florida, Delaware, Texas and Puerto Rico.

“The Newport News Police Department continues to be completely vested in this case and remains cooperative with the U.S. Marshals,” said Newport News Police Chief Mike Grinstead. “It is our sincerest hope that they succeed in apprehending Mr. Arroyo so the family receives the closure they deserve and justice is served.”

Arroyo should be considered armed and dangerous.

A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest.

If you have information on Arroyo's whereabouts, you are asked to call the U.S. Marshals at 1-877-Wanted-2 (1-877-926-8332) or email

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