James Essel case

February 14, 2020 | Veronica Canales

Man Shot By Police in Virginia Beach Was Wanted for 1992 Homicide

The Montgomery County Police Department has identified the suspect involved in a 1992 homicide after a fatal shooting in Virginia Beach Wednesday. MCPD’s Cold Case Unit identified the suspect as 51-year-old Hans Huitz of Virginia Beach, Va. On March 22, 1992 at around 6 p.m., 57-year-old James Essel was found dead inside Sugarloaf Mountain Market […]

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February 12, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Detectives Involved in Shooting of Suspect in Virginia Beach

Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) detectives were helping a U.S. Marshals Task Force this morning in Virginia Beach, Virginia when a confrontation with a suspect resulted in detectives using deadly force, according to a press release from MCPD. The suspect was shot and died at the scene. According to a press release from the Virginia […]

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June 12, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Police Turn to DNA Technology to Solve 1992 Cold Case in Comus, New Suspect Composite (VIDEO)

It’s been 25 years since 57-year-old James Essel was killed at the Sugarloaf Mountain Market at 23800 Old Hundred Road in the Comus area. According to police, Essel was stabbed multiple times on March 22, 1992, and the suspect remains at large. Today, police released a composite of what the suspect may have looked like […]

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March 22, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Police Need Your Help to Solve Homicide, a Cold Case from 1992 (PHOTOS)

Montgomery County police officers are asking for your help to solve a homicide, and it’s considered a cold case because it occurred 24 years ago on March 22, 1992. That’s when police said James Essel was stabbed inside the Sugarloaf Mountain Market at 23800 Old Hundred Road in Comus. Police believe the murder occurred between the […]

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