UPDATE: Virginia Tech kicker and two other men charged with breaking into a Blacksburg home, Judge denies bond

Arrest warrants cite disagreement over a drug transaction

Journell suspended from VT football team

December 22, 2011|Web Staff


Blacksburg police say three men were charged with breaking and entering Wednesday night including Virginia Tech kicker, Cody Journell.   Also arrested were Matthew Dunton and Matthew Brady.  All three men are in the Montgomery County jail.

Police are calling the incident a home invasion in the downtown Blacksburg area.

In a statement Thursday morning Virginia Tech Athletics Director,  Jim Weaver, said: "Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore placekicker Cody Journell is immediately suspended indefinitely from the football team in conjunction with University Policy 1035."

Arrest warrants indicate Journell, Dunton and Brady went to a home on Lee Street "over an issue of being cheated in a drug transaction." 

At a hearing this afternoon Judge Randall Duncan denied bond for all three of the men. The prosecutor and attorneys representing the three defendants had no further comments about the case.

More details about the invasion came out in the hearing.  A weapon allegedly used in the invasion was apparently an air pistol.  The judge said that it didn't matter because the victims perceived it to be a real weapon.


Journell is from Giles County.  According to his arrest warrant, Matthew Brady is from Winchester and a junior at Virginia Tech.  Matthew Dunton moved to the New River Valley from Lynchburg about 2 1/2 months ago.  According to his arrest warrant, he works at a yogurt shop in Blacksburg.

Here is the news release from Blacksburg Police:

Blacksburg, Virginia, December 22, 2011 –On December 21, 2011 at approximately 9:53pm Blacksburg Police responded to a residence just outside of the downtown area in reference to a physical altercation. An investigation into an alleged home invasion began shortly thereafter and resulted in the arrests of three Blacksburg men. 

Cody J. Journell, 20 years of age, Matthew D. Dunton, 23 years of age, and Matthew I Brady, 21 years of age; were each charged with Breaking and Entering under Virginia Code 18.2-91. Each charge is a Class 2 Felony due to the alleged use of a dangerous weapon.

All three men are currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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