Botetourt County judge denies bond for man accused of grand larceny

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FINCASTLE, Va. (WDBJ7) A Botetourt County judge has denied bond for a man accused of stealing several vehicles while leading law enforcement on a multi-county pursuit last summer.

William Jason Roberts was in court Tuesday for a motions hearing. His attorneys asked that he be released on bond while awaiting trial on charges of grand larceny.

A deputy in Alleghany County attempted to stop Roberts last August after discovering he was wanted for an assault in Colorado. According to deputies, Roberts led them on a pursuit along Route 220 south into Botetourt County before ditching his vehicle in the Gala community. Deputies say they later determined the vehicle Roberts abandoned was stolen.

After hiding in a wooded area for several days, deputies say Roberts stole another vehicle and left the area. He turned himself in a week later and was arrested in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.

In court Tuesday a deputy testified that the woman Roberts was accused of assaulting Colorado last summer suffered life-threatening injuries. She has since partially recovered.

Roberts is scheduled to face trial on charges of grand larceny and two counts of breaking & entering in Botetourt County March 29.

Roberts is also facing assault and two felony charges in Colorado. In Kansas he is charged with eluding police. He has waived extradition in both states.