Police dog, civilian sighting, helicopter help police nab fugitive in Spotsylvania County

Loreto Solozano-Esponizo. Photo: Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office

With the help of a civilian citizen, a police dog, and a state police helicopter, police in Spotsylvania County captured a fugitive wanted in Georgia for weapons charges and by federal authorities for immigration charges.

Sunday morning at about 9:30 a.m., Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of Galway Lane.

They discovered that the man in the dispute, Loreto Solozano-Esponizo, 30, was a fugitive, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

He was not at the home when police arrived, but he was later spotted at a McDonald's at Courthouse Road and Leavells Road.

Deputies had been told that he was armed and would not be taken alive. When they approached him, he fled on foot.

Because of the seriousness of the charges against the suspect, a perimeter was set up and police were joined by forces from Stafford County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police.

Alerts were sent out to the public through the SpotsyAlert system and an automated phone call system.

At about 1:30 p.m., a citizen flagged down a deputy when he saw the suspect run through his back yard.

With the help of a state helicopter and the police dog, police found the suspect hiding under a deck of a house in the 10500 block of Bent Tree Dr.

When he refused orders to come out, Stafford County Deputy Sheriff Truslow's police dog went after him and apprehended him.

Solozano-Esponizo was arrested and treated for his wounds.

He is being held under no bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail on fugitive of justice charges, federal detainers, obstruction of justice, and assault of a police dog.