Fugitive wanted for murder is arrested in Middlesex
by Tom Chillemi
A fugitive wanted for attempted murder in Northumberland County is being held without bond after being arrested at Wake in Middlesex County, reported Major M.E. Sampson of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.
According to Major Sampson, on the evening of Monday, February 3, 2014, Middlesex County investigators, along with deputies from Northumberland and two Virginia State Police Tactical Teams, were prepared to serve a search warrant at 951 Wake Road. Middlesex investigators had obtained a search warrant for the Wake residence of Marvin Wendell Davenport Jr., who was wanted by the Northumberland Sheriff’s Office on six felony charges including two counts of attempted murder; two counts of robbery; one count of attempted robbery; use or display of a firearm in the commission of a felony; and revocation of suspended sentence and probation violations.
Davenport also was wanted by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office on the charges of assault and battery of a family member; assault and battery; and strangulation of another causing wounding.
Davenport was living in Middlesex under an alias with a girlfriend. The girlfriend had obtained assault and battery warrants on Davenport under his alias, “Delonte Antonio Cole,” in October 2013 prior to the couple living together. On February 3 the girlfriend came to the sheriff’s office and advised deputies that he had assaulted her again and that they were now living together on Wake Road. The female further advised that she had learned of her boyfriend’s alias and advised authorities that she believed he was wanted by the Northumberland Sheriff’s Office for attempted murder.
Middlesex deputies and investigators verified the female’s information and the true identity of Davenport. Investigators then obtained a search warrant for the property to look for Davenport, and they also called in Virginia State Police (VSP) tactical teams from both the First and Fifth divisions.
Major Sampson said tactical team members were deployed in the area of the residence to maintain visual surveillance of the residence. At approximately 7:30 p.m. just as the State Police were getting ready to execute the search warrant, team members observed Davenport walking his dog outside the residence. Davenport went to an adjacent property and attempted to get into an abandoned building, but he ran directly into VSP tactical team members. Davenport was arrested without incident and transported to the Middlesex County Sheriff’s office where he was held without bond. Davenport was arraigned in Northumberland and Middlesex courts and both jurisdictions denied bond for Davenport.