A 24-year-old man accused of shooting dead a co-worker at a warehouse in Isle of Wight County in September surrendered on Thursday.
After nearly seven months on the run, Preston Kyle Thomas walked into the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s office just before noon and was arrested “without incident” at 11.44am, the sheriff’s office said.
Thomas is charged with the September 23 murder of 26-year-old Rakim Breeden at Safeco Products, located at the Shirley T. Holland Intermodal Park near Windsor.
It was Breeden’s first day on the job as a temp there. But Breeden accidentally knocked Thomas’ cell phone off a ledge that afternoon, damaging the phone and sparking a heated argument between the men.
Surveillance footage shows Thomas walking to his car and then walking back inside. The sheriff’s office said the two men exchanged several words during a break before Thomas pulled out a gun and shot Breeden multiple times.
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He died en route to a hospital as Thomas fled the area.
A Virginia State Police SWAT team surrounded Thomas’ apartment in Carrollton that night, but he was not home.
The reward for information leading to Thomas’ arrest was raised to $5,000 a few months ago, and electronic notice boards have been thrown up around Hampton Roads asking for help. He is charged with murder and firearms, the sheriff’s office said.
It was not immediately clear what prompted him to surrender.
Breeden was a military police officer in the National Guard before landing the acting job.
A family lawyer said he also has a degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and had just moved in with his mother in Hertford County, North Carolina , to help fight cancer.
Pierre Dujardin, 757-247-4749, [email protected]