Babbitt man charged with shooting at fleeing truck after business owner stabbed

Joel Earl Vandervest, 38, of Babbitt, was working in the NE Time NE Wear screen-printing shop, 31 Central Boulevard, around 7:45 p.m. when the suspect entered and stabbed Leah Marie Bodas, 53, before running away, according to court documents.

A criminal complaint alleges that Vandervest gave chase on foot, firing several rounds from a semiautomatic handgun as the man fled in a pickup truck. Police said at least one round went into a neighboring residence; no injuries have been reported.

Vandervest was arraigned Tuesday morning in State District Court in Virginia on charges of second-degree assault, intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety and reckless discharge of a firearm within a municipality.

Joel Earl Vandervest (2021 handout photo)

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