VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A man was arrested near the Oceanfront Tuesday night for a stolen vehicle and then confessed to a South Carolina double homicide, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.
Tonya Borman with Virginia Beach Police said the department's Warrant and Fugitive Squad learned a suspect in a Berkeley County, S.C. double homicide might be in the Oceanfront area due to family ties. Law enforcement canvassed the area and an officer spotted a possible suspect vehicle in a 7-Eleven parking lot and located the suspect inside.
"It feels good to get him off the street," said Virginia Beach Police Officer Clint Bagwell.
In his six years with the Virginia Beach Police Department, Bagwell has made his share of arrests, but the one Tuesday night is one he'll remember.
"Something made me get out of the car, because I was going to leave the parking lot," Bagwell added.
Mug shot in hand, Bagwell was only in his car 20 minutes when drove by the 7-Eleven at the corner of Pacific Avenue and 17th Street. Call it an officer's intuition, but he decided to check out a car in the parking lot. He noticed a man getting out who looked like the suspect.
Borman said 22-year-old Jacob Theophilus Philip of Summerville, S.C. was arrested without incident. He was charged with grand larceny because the vehicle he was in was determined to have been stolen from the Town Center area earlier in the evening.
“[I was] thinking, ‘is this going to be the right person?’ You know he looks like him. He gave the name. We took him into custody without any further acts of violence,” Bagwell said. “I'm surprised that he would give up as easily as he did. He didn't put up a fight. He didn't try to run. He just gave me his name and that was it."
According to Gresha Austin with the Berkeley Count Sheriff's Office, after he was arrested, Philip confessed to the murders of his girlfriend, 26-year-old Ashley Kaney, and her 8-year-old daughter, Riley Burdock.
Kaney and Burdock were found dead in separate beds inside a Summerville home Tuesday when school officials requested a welfare check on Burdock, who had missed school the past two days and whose mother could not be reached, Austin said.
According to WAVY's sister station in Charleston, WCBD-TV, deputies found the bodies around 11:30 a.m.
WCBD-TV reports public documents indicate Philip and Kaney were two renters of the home the victims were found in.
Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury released autopsy results Wednesday afternoon revealing Burdock died from asphyxiation by strangulation. Her death was ruled a homicide. Her mother's autopsy results are pending toxicology and microscopic test.
Austin said Philip is a student at the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek. He was arrested with the assistance of U.S. NCIS, Virginia Technical College Campus Police, SLED agents and U.S. Marshals and charged with two counts of murder.
Austin said the murders were determined to be an isolated case of domestic violence, and that Philip did not pose a threat to the community.
Philip is being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond, pending the local charge and extradition to South Carolina.
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