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Suspects in Baltimore County police chase identified; both are wanted in connection to Virginia homicide

Police have identified two people arrested after a lengthy police chase through Baltimore County on Friday.

Both suspects were wanted in connection to a Virginia homicide and home invasion that happened early Friday morning.

The driver of a silver Toyota Scion was Melissa Joyce Moen, 38, of the 100 block of Wiltshire Road in Essex. The passenger was Christopher Levar Cox, 33, of the 300 block of Magnolia Terrace, also of Essex. Both are being held without bail in the Baltimore County Detention Center pending extradition procedures.

Cox was charged with two counts of malicious wounding, two counts of abduction, entering a dwelling to commit robbery and firearm charges, according to the Hampton Police Division in Hampton, Va. Moen was charged with two counts of accessory to burglary and abduction, police said.

The chase began when Baltimore County police received a request from police in Newport News, Va., at about 12:19 p.m. on Friday to check for the vehicle in Essex. The suspects led police on an extended pursuit through the Essex, White Marsh and Parkville areas, the police department said.

Officers were eventually able to box in the vehicle in a parking lot in the 12500 block of Eastern Ave. near Ebenezer Road, and arrest both the driver and passenger. They were taken into custody at about 1:07 p.m. Friday.

The arrests followed a fatal shooting and burglary in Hampton, Va. A man was found with a gunshot wound in Newport News early Friday, and police determined the shooting occurred in Hampton. The victim, 43-year-old Demoreia Ferrell, of Washington, D.C., died, Hampton police reported.

Police also responded to the scene of a home invasion in Hampton early Friday and found one man with stab wounds and another who had been assaulted. Both victims remain hospitalized and are in stable condition, according to Hampton police.

Police believe Cox and Moen are connected to the incidents.

Moen and Cox were also served with Baltimore County warrants for additional charges, police said. Local authorities will coordinate prosecution of those charges with Hampton Police Division following their extradition.

During the chase, they threw evidence from the car — including ammunition and two long guns. Police officers later stopped on the roadways to photograph and collect the items.

The Daily Press contributed to this article.

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