Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Authorities arrest stepson in Running Man resident’s death

York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office deputies responded around 8:30 p.m. to the 100 block of Chowan Turn in the Runningman subdivision for a "domestic-related homicide." (WYDaily/Courtesy of Google Maps)
York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office deputies responded around 8:30 p.m. to the 100 block of Chowan Turn in the Running Man subdivision for a “domestic-related homicide.” (WYDaily/Courtesy of Google Maps)

Update noon Saturday: The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office has arrested the stepson of an 83-year-old man who was killed Friday night in the Running Man subdivision.

Alexander Costen, 57, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder, the sheriff’s office said.

He lived in the same house as the victim, John Kistler, 83.

Costen is being held at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without Bond.

A medical examiner is working to identify the cause of death.

Original story:

An 83-year-old man is dead and another man is in custody after an alleged homicide Friday night in York County.

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office deputies responded around 8:30 p.m. to the 100 block of Chowan Turn in the Running Man subdivision for a “domestic-related homicide,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

Police have identified the victim as 83-year-old John Kistler.

A suspect is in custody. Authorities say he is a 57-year-old male, but are not releasing his identity until he is formally charged.

“The circumstances surrounding this homicide remain under investigation,” the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators were still on scene around 10:30 p.m. Friday night, the sheriff’s office said.

This story is breaking and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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