The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has renewed calls for assistance tracking down a man wanted for attempted murder.
He is considered armed and dangerous, and is believed to be working at an orchard near the Albemarle-Nelson county line.
Authorities have been searching for 57-year-old Juan Rodriguez-Bedolla since August of last year. He is wanted on five counts of attempted murder, two counts of arson and two counts of discharging a firearm in an occupied building.
The charges against Rodriguez-Bedolla stem from an incident on Aug. 13, when the sheriff’s office responded to a reported domestic dispute at a residence on Mansion Road near Barboursville Vineyards.
When deputies arrived at the house, they said they found the building in flames. All of the house’s occupants had safely evacuated by the time deputies had arrived.
They told the authorities that Rodriguez-Bedolla had fired several shots into the building, blocked the exit and set fire to the structure with them trapped inside.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has been looking for Rodriguez-Bedolla ever since.
The suspect is described as 5-foot-5 with brown and gray shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.
“Anyone who has information as to the whereabouts of Juan Rodriquez-Bedolla is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 672-1234,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement issued Thursday. “Use our anonymous P3 Tip system by scanning the QR code in the photo or downloading the app at www.p3tips.com.”