A killer among us?

The buzz aound Floyd for the past few days has been the strange case of Jeffery Martin Young, a 30-year-old county resident charged with assaulting a Slaughter's Grocery Store employee last week with his car and a club.

Now a White Jeep Wrangler owned by Young may be the vehicle that ran down and killed Roanoke County attorney Thomas Farrell near Starkey last week.

Young wasn't driving the Wrangler when witnesses said he roared out of a parking spot at Slaughters on Jan. 30 and struck one of the store's employees as she left work. He then attacked her with a club before workers at the store and county deputies subdued him and packed him off to jail.

On Monday, Roanoke County police located a White Jeep Wrangler owned by Young. It has damage on the front and shards of reflective material that came from the running jacket worn by Farrell.

According to witnesses at Slaughters, a number of customers drove off without coming to the woman's aid when she was under attack in the parking lot.  Bad enough that we may have a killer among us. We apparently have cowards as well.

The buzz aound Floyd for the past few days has been the strange case of Jeffery Martin Young, a 30-year-old county resident charged with assaulting a Slaughter’s Grocery Store employee last week with his car and a club.

Now a White Jeep Wrangler owned by Young may be the vehicle that ran down and killed Roanoke County attorney Thomas Farrell near Starkey last week.

Young wasn’t driving the Wrangler when witnesses said he roared out of a parking spot at Slaughters on Jan. 30 and struck one of the store’s employees as she left work. He then attacked her with a club before workers at the store and county deputies subdued him and packed him off to jail.

On Monday, Roanoke County police located a White Jeep Wrangler owned by Young. It has damage on the front and shards of reflective material that came from the running jacket worn by Farrell.

According to witnesses at Slaughters, a number of customers drove off without coming to the woman’s aid when she was under attack in the parking lot.  Bad enough that we may have a killer among us. We apparently have cowards as well.

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12 Responses

  1. he WOULD NOT have hit and attacked the young lady IF the police would have done their job.
    I think there are plenty of people who still care about this story because this was a crime that could have and should have been prevented.

  2. It says:

    He then attacked her with a club before workers at the store and county deputies subdued him and packed him off to jail..

    He is in the New River Valley Jail.

  3. sorry..in a hurry and didn’t read it carefully….and I remember not getting that detail on the news the other night….thanks

  4. What is baffling to me is that these comments are on the same blog that has made issue of the infringement of civil liberties by Park Rangers. Detaining this man before these acts would have been a blatant violation of his civil liberties.

    To say that the Roanoke County police were not doing their job is totally unfair. You can’t just arrest somebody on suspicion of potential future acts – this isn’t the USSR. They had no evidence to detain the man, so they let him go. You can’t arrest somebody for acting “off their rocker,” either.

    Furthermore, There are simply not enough resources to stick an officer on the hip of every “crazy” person Police come in contact with.

    This was an anomaly which no one could have prevented. It is very easy in hindsight to look at the situation and blame the police for not doing something, but those pesky civil liberties always seem to infringe on people’s public safety.

  5. Go Beth! You are right on. Most definitely, if the 911 dispatcher had turned the information over to the police, Young may have been apprehended on the Jan. 28. From what I have read, Young spent the entire day at the Country Store until he parked the car near by and his “mother picked him up the next morning?” From what I gather, a family member then gave him the keys to another car in which he was able to run down a woman in the Floyd County grocery store parking lot, after sitting there suspiciously since 8 a.m. that day. The whole thing is a tragedy from start to finish. All one can do is shake your head and wonder why. Forensic testing being done on the jeep right now will soon bring the charge against Young for the hit and run on the 28th.

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