The soldier who allegedly took an APC joy ride through Virginia is now accused of violating his bond
Whatever happened to that guy who allegedly stole an APC and went on an epic joy ride through Virginia, with police chasing him as he apparently live-tweeted the incident?
That’s a very good question! And I have an update for you, which includes more weird/hilarious tweets and new accusations that he violated the terms of his bond and traveled to Iraq.
The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports:
Joshua Phillip Yabut, 30, of Virginia Beach, was out on bond awaiting trial in both Richmond and Nottoway on charges associated with the 65-mile police pursuit when he apparently traveled to Iraq earlier this year, according to a report prepared by the Virginia Fusion Center, a partnership between Virginia State Police and the state Department of Emergency Management aimed at terrorism and criminal activity.
“He had no coherent reason for the travel,” said the report, which is among court documents in Nottoway Circuit Court. In another report, Yabut “reported traveling to Iraq to engage in photography.”
Let’s back up for a moment. To refresh your memory, in June 2018, Yabut, a first lieutenant with the Virginia National Guard, was arrested by Virginia State Police, who said they chased him for 60 miles while he was behind the wheel of an M777 Armored Personnel Carrier, which he drove from Fort Pickett to near Richmond City Hall.
Before all of this, Yabut was tweeting some clues to his plan, and then later, a selfie to commemorate his legendary status (note: This Twitter account is unconfirmed, but it certainly looks to be Yabut’s, given that he tweeted his full name, rank, DoD ID#, and other personal information in the weeks prior).
He was later arrested …read more
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