CULPEPER, Va. (WTVR)–Panic, opportunity and quick reaction this morning as a masked suspect attempted to abduct a woman at knife point.
An early morning 911 call alerted authorities to a man with a knife at the A.G. Richardson Elementary School.
The call was dispatched at 8:40 a.m. and the first Deputy Sheriff was on scene at 8:42 a.m., followed by four additional deputies at 8:44 a.m., according to Culpeper Sheriff Scott Jenkins.
Sheriff Jenkins said the victim had just dropped her children off for school and when returned to her vehicle in the parking lot, the suspect was hiding in the back seat of her vehicle.
He was wearing a ski mask and with a knife in hand he ordered her to drive the vehicle away from the school. Police have identified this man as David Hernandez Shumaker, age 28, of the 300 block of Rochelle School Lane.
An opportunity arose and the victim took advantage of the a distraction caused by a ringing phone and nearby persons.
She was able to exit the vehicle and ran towards the school, entering the administration office just inside the front door. Shumaker no longer possessed the knife.
Once the mask had come off in the vehicle, the victim was able to identify Shumaker as an acquaintance formerly suspected of stalking the victim.
The school faculty reacted by quickly separating the victim in another room.
Staff locked doors and were able to detain the suspect in the office until deputies arrived. The suspect was taken into custody without resistance to law enforcement.
Detectives have recovered more than one knife, “zip ties” and a cloth “gag” from the victim’s car.
Shumaker had traveled to the school in a vehicle “borrowed” from a friend. The suspect is familiar to the victim and was suspected of previously stalking the victim.
Due to that, additional charges were made in relation to the previous stalking and entry of the victim’s home. Detectives continue to collect evidence and investigate.
Authorities said there is no reason to believe the suspect had any intent to harm the students or faculty at the school.
Shumaker has been charged with abduction, carjacking, wearing a mask in public, possession of a weapon on school property, and stalking. In additional, warrants have been obtained for these related crimes that occurred on other dates: peeping, breaking and entering with intention to commit larceny, and breaking and entering with intent to stalk.