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Man Arrested in Accomack County Murder

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Michael Anthony Press Michael Anthony Press
HORNTOWN, Va.- The Accomack County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a man Saturday for the first-degree murder of a Horntown man.

Deputies said that at about 3 a.m. Saturday, they received a report of an assault and a possible murder on Cold Kall Lane in Horntown. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies say they found 61-year-old Leon Sylvester Harmon Jr., of Horntown, dead outside of his home with wounds to his body.

Through the investigation, deputies say a suspect was developed and warrants for first-degree murder were obtained against 46-year-old Michael Anthony Press, of Horntown. Deputies said they received information about Press' whereabouts and  were able to take him into custody around 3 p.m. Saturday on Neal Parker Road near Withams.

Neighbors of Harmon said on Monday they couldn't believe the man they grew to love was gone.

"Mr. Leon was a very nice person. Very nice. He loved kids. He'd come around, with my grandkids as well, he'd give them all a dollar. If I had 4 grandkids, he'd go in the pocket and get 4 dollars out. He's always done that with kids in the neighborhood," said Eunice Wallop of Horntown.
The murder of Harmon is the 4th violent crime in the county since mid-September and it is getting tougher for some to call their neighborhood safe.

"I've never seen anything like that as long as I've lived here. It was the last thing I was expecting here," said Raneeka Lankford of Horntown.

"We keep our doors locked. And I tell my mom to keep her door locked," Wallop said.

Press is being held without bond in the Accomack County Jail. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed Monday at the Medical Examiner's Office in Norfolk.

This is the second arrest made over the weekend for a murder in Accomack County. On Friday, deputies arrested an Atlantic man in the shooting death of a man back in September.

Harmon was a long time bus driver in the Accomack County Public School District.  A job he held for decades and something his neighbors said he loved to do.  The school district said in a statement Monday, "In response to this tragedy, ACPS had the crisis teams on site first thing this morning at both of the schools he serviced. These groups will remain on site for students, teachers, and staff throughout this difficult time. In addition, the Transportation Department has made sure that the bus routes are covered and will run on their regular schedule. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Harmon's family and friends. "

The investigation into this incident is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Accomack County Sheriff's Office at (757) 787-1131 or (757) 824-5666, or tips may be submitted via accomackcountysheriffsoffice.org.


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