CRIME
09/24/2014 07:24 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Jesse Matthew Arrested: Suspect In Hannah Graham Abduction In Custody

AP / CHARLOTTESVILLE POLICE

The man suspected of kidnapping a University of Virginia student reported missing on Sept. 13 was taken into police custody Wednesday night.

Jesse Matthew was arrested in Galveston, Texas, Wednesday on charges of abducting 18-year-old Hannah Graham, NBC Washington reports.

Police obtained a felony arrest warrant for Matthew, a 32-year-old patient technician at the University of Virginia, earlier this week.

Officials believe Matthew was the last person seen with the teen before she vanished. Graham went to dinner with friends the night of Sept. 12 before attending two parties held at off-campus student housing units.

She left the second party alone, and surveillance videos appear to show her walking with Matthew, his arm wrapped her waist, walking at Charlottesville’s downtown mall at around 1 a.m. Sept. 13.

Police say Matthew bought Graham alcohol at a restaurant and they left the establishment together.

Graham has not been seen since.

Authorities publicly identified Matthew as the man in the security footage on Sept. 20, according to the Washington Post. That same day, Matthew showed up at the Charlottesville Police Department to request a lawyer, then allegedly sped away. He was officially charged with abduction on Tuesday.

Matthew will be extradited to Virginia at a later time, according to NBC 4.

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