Extortion Case Goes Forward

Police: Defendant Tried To Get $10K From Cop

Posted: April 26, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A Rockingham grand jury has indicted a man in connection with trying to extort money from a Harrisonburg police officer.

James Lynwood Tuckson, 29, of Staunton, faces one felony count of accusing a person of a criminal offense to extract money.

Police say the charge stems from a search of Tuckson’s home for a cellphone and computer related to an abduction investigation.

In response to the search, police say, Tuckson wrote a letter to Investigator Chris O’Neill on March 11, threatening to file a complaint against O’Neill if the detective didn’t return $10,000 Tuckson claimed was taken from his home during the search. Police say no money was taken.

Following his indictment, Tuckson appeared in Rockingham County Circuit Court via teleconference from the Middle River Regional Jail in Verona, where he’s being held without bond. Judge Bruce Albertson scheduled Tuckson to appear in court on May 2, when the judge will likely either schedule a trial date or a plea hearing.

Virginia State Police investigated the case.

Tuckson also faces misdemeanor charges of stalking and filing a false police report.

An arrest warrant states that he stalked a Harrisonburg police officer from April 1, 2012, to Feb. 9, 2014.

Sources say Tuckson also filed a complaint stating that the officer, in uniform, raped him while he was walking down a street. The VSP also investigated that claim and determined that it was not credible.

Police arrested Tuckson Feb. 11. O’Neill is not the officer he is accused of stalking.

Tuckson scheduled to appear in Rockingham General District Court on those charges on May 20.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com