Man Accused of Abducting Teen Appears in Louisa Co. Court
LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The man accused of kidnapping a Louisa County teenager made his first appearance in court Friday morning.
Bruce William Lynch Jr., 33, appeared via video in Louisa Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Friday, November 1. He is currently charged with felony abduction by force, but could face more charges as the case develops.
Authorities apprehended Lynch after a brief car chase in Caroline County Wednesday, October 30. Fourteen-year-old Isabel Shae Hicks was found with Lynch. She appeared unharmed, and is back with her family.
Multiple law enforcement agencies had been searching for Hicks since she was last seen at her home in Bumpass around 1 a.m. Monday, October 21. The sheriff's office believed early on that the teen was with Lynch, her mother’s ex-boyfriend.
Lynch was assigned a court-appointed lawyer during Friday’s hearing. However, Lynch said he will be looking to hire his own attorney in the coming days.
A bond hearing is currently set for November 22. Lynch is being held at Central Virginia Regional Jail.
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