EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: The suspect in a triple homicide in Pittsylvania County, 19-year-old Matthew Bernard, ran toward @KyleMWilcoxTV & @humphreyWSET while they were at a staging area — he also strangled the church's caretaker.https://t.co/4OVjvg9kkQ pic.twitter.com/cg23z2KIEX— ABC 13 News – WSET (@ABC13News) August 27, 2019
PITTSYLVANIA CO., Va. (CBS Local) — A naked man wanted in connection with a triple homicide that left the wife, child and mother-in-law of pitcher Blake Bivens in the Tampa Bay Rays organization was arrested Tuesday, according to authorities in rural Virginia.
Matthew Thomas Bernard, 19, was taken into custody on three counts of first-degree murder following a three-hour manhunt that shut down schools and roads on Tuesday, Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office investigator Devin Taylor said in a statement.
Before he was arrested, Bernard ran naked from behind a house past reporters in a media staging area, all captured on camera by Virginia TV station WSET-TV.
The video showed him attacking a church groundskeeper by putting his hands around his neck as police tried to take him into custody.