A Hillsville man has been arrested on numerous charges, including grand larceny and eluding law enforcement, after a Good Samaritan alerted police to suspicious activity.
According to a Hillsville Police Department report, on Sunday, January 8, at approximately 7:20 a.m., the Hillsville Police Department was notified by a concerned citizen of suspicious activity around Commonwealth Assisted Living in Hillsville. A snow removing contractor pulled into the business’s lot to check his equipment when he noticed a black, older model SUV pulling a trailer. When the contractor approached the vehicle, it sped off, according to the HPD report.
The contractor then followed the vehicle while contacting Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce by phone, who then contacted HPD officers that were on duty. The contractor continued to follow the vehicle while remaining on the phone with Chief Yonce. According to the report, the driver of the SUV noticed being followed by the contractor and tried to stop on two occasions to unhook the trailer. Being unsuccessful on both attempts, the vehicle fled on U.S. 52 South, turning onto Howlett Street. The vehicle then proceeded to run off the road and through a yard. The vehicle continued to travel on Howlett Street and eventually turned left on Weddle Street, which is a dead end road.
“Officer Bradley Hoffman arrived just as the offender was unhooking the trailer, who then took off up a private driveway while Officer Hoffman pursed with lights and sirens. The offender made it back to Weddle Street and was trying to escape when he suddenly turned through a yard,” Chief Yonce said in a press release. “He attempted to go around the residence and a retaining wall, hitting both, and this caused him to lose control of the vehicle. The offender then exited the vehicle and entered into the residence, locking the door behind him. Officer Hoffman was able to make entrance into the residence, and found the male hiding in a closet. A short altercation ensued, but Officer Hoffman, along with assistance from Officer Stephen Brady, was able to take the subject into custody.”
According to Chief Yonce, the subject has been identified as Eric Repass, 43, of 201 Weddle Street in Hillsville. After a short investigation, Yonce said it was determined that the box trailer was taken from 243 Virginia Street, the location of New Life Communications. Yonce said Repass has been charged with grand larceny, destruction of property, eluding law enforcement, and resisting arrest. Repass is currently being held in the New River Valley Jail in Dublin without bond.
Officer Hoffman was assisted by Officer Stephen Brady and Chief Yonce of the Hillsville Police Department.