Homicide suspect arrested in Christiansburg

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Christiansburg Police Department received information this morning that Mark Allen Bell – a suspect in a Salem homicide earlier this week – was located in a motel room at the Days Inn on Roanoke Street in Christiansburg.

Law enforcement arrived at the Days Inn at 1:24 a.m. and evacuated the motel guests into the lobby. Authorities from Montgomery County, Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Virginia State Police, Salem and Roanoke County were on scene.

Law enforcement made contact with Bell and a female inside the room, and both surrendered without incident at 4:09 a.m. Immediately after, the evacuation was lifted and motel guests were able to return to their rooms.

Mark Allen Bell, 32, of Roanoke, and Lauren June Leffler, 27, of Bedford, are in custody with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Any questions about charges pending from this incident should be directed to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Any questions about the homicide investigation in Salem should be directed to the Salem Police Department.