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Naked Man Arrested in Murders of Two Women and a Child, Virginia Police Say

Authorities arrested Matthew Thomas Bernard after a manhunt.

KEELING, Va. — Police in Virginia apprehended a naked 18-year-old after an intense manhunt in the murders of two women and a child.

Authorities said Matthew Thomas Bernard is charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor indicated he's related to the victims.

Police warned of a dangerous gunman on the loose after finding the bodies at a home in Keeling Tuesday. Schools were locked down and a tank and armored vehicle were brought in. Up to 100 officers joined the search. Bernard emerged naked from the woods hours later, running past cameras to a church where he was recorded trying to choke a caretaker.

An officer sprayed mace and smacked Bernard with a baton before he was captured at a barricade with the help of a police dog.

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