A young man who was wanted on a series of recent charges in Stafford County was found hiding in a garbage container Sunday afternoon, police said.

According to court records, Ziare Maurice Walker-Zalfoz, 18, of Stafford was arrested Sept. 8 on charges that include attempted malicious wounding, brandishing a machete and assault.

He was released following that arrest, but court records show that on Sept. 15 he was involved in an incident involving a stolen car and a police pursuit. He was not apprehended in that pursuit.

On Sunday morning, Sheriff's spokeswoman Amanda Vicinanzo said, deputies received a call from someone who reported that Walker-Zalfoz had been trespassing on her property on Ebenezer Church Road in Stafford.

She agreed to escort deputies to her home at 12:30 p.m. when she expected Walker-Zalfoz and a family member to be there. Police found a warm plate of food on a counter, but no suspect.

A search began and deputies eventually spotted Walker-Zalfoz and two others on Garrisonville Road walking toward the Jessica Cheney Bridge. A deputy pulled onto the shoulder in front of the group, and Walker-Zalfoz ran in the opposite direction.

About two hours later, following a manhunt involving multiple deputies, Walker-Zalfoz was found in a garbage container in Garrison Woods. He was taken into custody on charges including eluding police, grand larceny, reckless driving, hit and run and destruction of property.

He is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail. A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 27 in Stafford General District Court.

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