Father, son in custody connected to domestic violence, possibly Leesburg bank robbery

What started as a call reporting domestic abuse, led to a miles-long vehicle chase through Northern Virginia that triggered a lockdown at Patrick Henry College and led to the arrest of a father and son Sunday morning.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement pursued a father and son — 65-year-old Kenneth Sencindiver and 24-year-old Kenneth Sencindiver II — out from Virginia’s Frederick County and through Clarke County, before the two men abandoned their car on Patrick Henry College’s Purcellville campus.

The Frederick County Police said they received reports of a verbal domestic situation. Police say Kenneth Sencindiver II made threats to a woman and said he was going to shoot up her workplace in Clarke County.

Police began looking for Kenneth Sencindiver II for a mental evaluation and stopped the car he was in. But before the officer could identify the father or son, the car sped away.

A 10 a.m. update from the sheriff’s office said the two men had been located and taken into custody without incident.

WTOP’s Neal Augenstein reports that investigators are looking into the possibility of a connection in this case to a bank Robbery in Leesburg on Friday.

Patrick Henry College was placed on lockdown around 2:30 a.m. as law enforcement, including a Fairfax County Police Department helicopter, swept the area. Officers with the Purcellville Police Department also assisted.

The lockdown was lifted by dawn, but deputies continued their search off-campus.

An earlier police statement described the pair as “potentially armed.”

WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez, Ivy Lyons and Neal Augenstein contributed to this report.

Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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