Arrest warrant issued after ‘person of interest’ in Hannah Graham case speeds away from police

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- An arrest warrant has been issued for a "person of interest" in the missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham case after he sped away from police this weekend.

Jesse Matthew, 32, was spotted on surveillance video that police believe has information about Graham. Graham, 18, was last seen September 13 in an area of Charlottesville known as the downtown mall.

WTVR reported that Matthew walked into the police station and asked for a lawyer late Saturday afternoon. After talking with a lawyer, Matthew got into a vehicle and sped off.

Investigators followed the vehicle, but had to give up the pursuit because the vehicle was traveling too fast. Virginia State Police charged Matthew with two counts of reckless driving, and an arrest warrant was issued.

It was reported that investigators are “aggressively pursuing his location.”

Police said Matthew is the man referenced in surveillance video from Sal’s Restaurant that showed a man with dreadlocks first walking west bound on the mall. The video then showed the man cross the mall, and start walking behind Graham.

Matthew's vehicle, a 1998 burnt orange Chrysler Coupe, was found along the mall and seized Friday  morning. The department is awaiting test results from forensic evidence recovered from the car.

Matthew is described as a black male with dreadlocks, six feet two inches tall and weighing about 270 pounds.

A $50,000 reward is now being offered in hopes of soliciting tips that could lead police to Graham. The City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia are each offering $10,000. In addition, some local residents and businesses have contributed $30,000 to the reward.

Anyone with information that could help investigators, call the special Hannah Graham tip line at 434-295-3851.

Source: WTVR