Virginia triple-homicide suspect arrested after police chase ends in Steuben County

AVOCA, N.Y. (WETM) — Police in Virginia have confirmed that a woman wanted for the suspected killing of three people has been caught after a police chase ended in Steuben County.

New York State Police said the chase began near the Town of Friendship in Allegany County.

According to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, 23-year-old Alyssa Jane Venable was arrested by state police with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service sometime around 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. Venable was wanted out of Virginia on three counts of second-degree murder and the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Around 5:45 p.m. state troopers noticed a gray 2009 Honda Civic on I-86 near the Town of Friendship in Allegany County, matching the description of the last known vehicle Venable was driving. Police attempted a traffic stop, but said the driver failed to comply and a pursuit was started, with speeds reaching well over 100mph.

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Police said that a tire-deflation device was used at some point and Venable’s vehicle stopped on the I-390 interchange. Venable was taken into custody without incident or injury to law enforcement or citizens.

NYSP will be getting a fugitive warrant for Venable and arrangements will be made for her extradition back to Virginia.

Police say that on Tuesday, June 4 around 10 p.m., deputies with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 10500 block of White Street Court for a welfare check on the residents in the home.

When police entered the home they found three of the residents dead, two men and one woman. Police say that 77-year-old Robert John McGuire, 60-year-old Gregory Scott Powell, and 65-year-old Carol Anne Reese were the people found inside the home who sustained upper body trauma. Police confirmed that Venable was a roommate to the victims and was named the prime suspect.


Motorists on Interstate 86 eastbound looking to go north on Interstate 390 need to find another way due to a police chase that blocked off the exit ramp, state police confirmed.

According to the New York State Police, a police chase from western New York, Troop A, has closed down the eastbound ramp at Exit 36 in Avoca, preventing traffic from going onto I-390.

A video obtained from a motorist on I-86 shows at least 20 police vehicles from various police agencies blocking the ramp. According to 511ny, the incident has been going on since at least 6:23 p.m. on Thursday, June 6.

Police say that the person in the pursuit is a woman, but no other information has been provided at this time. 18 News will update this story when more information is made available.

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