Matthew incarcerated in Charlottesville

Bond hearing scheduled for Thursday; three Charlotesville detectives remain in Galveston


Matthew flew in police custody from Galveston, Texas to arrive in Charlottesville at approximately 5:45 p.m. Friday. 

FBI Richmond Photographer | Cavalier Daily

FBI agents escorted Jesse Matthew from a private plane at the Charlottesville-Albemarle regional airport to the Charlottesville-Albemarle regional jail Friday evening around 5:45 p.m. Friday. Matthew remains incarcerated without bond, charged with abduction with intent to defile in the disappearance of second-year College student Hannah Graham.

Graham is still missing, and Matthew has invoked his right to remain silent and his right to counsel. A bond hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2 at Charlottesville District Court.

A citizen in Galveston, Texas notified authorities Wednesday of a suspicious person camping on a beach on Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston. When authorities approached him, Matthew did not identify himself. Officers ran his license plates, discovered Matthew was a fugitive from justice in Virginia, and took him into custody at that time. Matthew did not resist arrest.

Matthew was denied bail Thursday morning and was booked out of the Galveston County Jail around 12:45 p.m. Friday. As of Friday afternoon, three Charlottesville detectives remained in Galveston, along with Matthew’s vehicle.

A warrant was issued for Matthew’s arrest Saturday, Sept. 20 under the two charges of reckless driving. Matthew fled Charlottesville at a high speed after visiting the Charlottesville Police Department to speak with an attorney. The additional charge of abduction with intent to defile was added to Matthew’s warrant Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Matthew is believed to be the last person seen with Graham before she disappeared, and police have said they have reason to believe Graham was in Matthew’s vehicle the night she went missing. Police Chief Timothy Longo declined to release evidence found in searches of Matthew’s car and apartment or explain what led police to add abduction charges.

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