Police: Woman evades arrest by fleeing through window, false IDs herself

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Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail
Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail

The Williamsburg Police Department arrested a woman Thursday for falsely identifying herself after she fled through a hotel window and led officers on a foot chase.

The police received a tip about a woman with outstanding warrants staying at a hotel in the 900 block of Capitol Landing Road, according to Maj. Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department. 

The tipster had observed in a regional newspaper that a woman named Jessica Haines was wanted out of Newport News for Failing to Appear in court and believed she was staying at the hotel. 

Officers confirmed that there were active warrants for 34-year-old Jessica Rosemarie Haines of Suffolk and responded to the hotel to evaluate the tip, where they were informed that there was a person named Jessica Haines staying with a registered guest and fit the description of the wanted individual.

According to Riley, officers observed the suspect in the room through the open door and called out to her. When officers called out to the suspect, Haines walked into the back bedroom and closed the door.

After several minutes, the officers received permission from the registered guest to check the room and discovered that the suspect had left the room via the window, Riley said. 

Officers canvassed the area for 30 minutes before they spotted the suspect in the woods behind the hotel. Police caught the suspect after a short foot chase, Riley said. 

The suspect advised officers that her name was not Jessica and provided police with false identification, Riley said. 

Haines was arrested and transported to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail on the outstanding warrants and the additional charge of falsely identifying herself to a law enforcement officer.