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Oregon fugitive is Googled, arrested in Prince William

A 33-year-old man wanted in connection with two killings in Oregon was arrested in Prince William County on Monday after someone he was staying with became suspicious of him and looked up his name on the Internet.

Gabriel Christian Morris had been on the run since Feb. 8, when Oregon prosecutors allege he shot and killed his mother and her partner near Bandon, in southern Oregon. Morris disappeared with his wife, Jessica Marie Morris, and their 4-year-old daughter, Kalea, in the family's silver Ford Taurus.

Morris was staying in a residence in the 3900 block of Dominion Drive in Dumfries, and one of the adults living in the residence became suspicious of him, googled his name at work on Monday and discovered that he was wanted for the two Oregon murders. The resident called police Monday morning, and a Prince William County SWAT team stopped Morris’s vehicle as he left the home at about 12:15 p.m., police said. He was arrested without any resistence.

The case was featured on Saturday’s edition of “America’s Most Wanted,” and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children listed Kalea as “endangered missing.”

Authorities in Oregon had considered Morris to be armed and dangerous and put out an alert that he was suspected of having at least two handguns with him. The family was spotted in Arizona on Feb. 10, and authorities believed they might have been heading to the East Coast, where they have family. Authorities in Oregon have charged Morris with aggravated murder.

Prince William police spokeswoman 1st Sgt. Kim Chinn said Morris was arrested while driving the silver Taurus and that he had firearms in the car at the time. Jessica Morris was being held on an Oregon material witness warrant and detectives were interviewing her on Monday afternoon. Kalea was at the police department on Monday afternoon having snacks and coloring while police were working to put her in the custody of other family members.

“She’s safe and sound,” Chinn said.

Chinn said Oregon detectives were traveling to Prince William County to continue their investigation into the slayings of Robin Anstey, 62, and Robert Kennely, 48, who were shot multiple times. Anstey was Morris’ mother.

-- Josh White

By Josh White  |  February 22, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Josh White , Pr. William , Virginia  
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