Update: Authorities capture man who escaped from southern W.Va. jail

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WELCH, W.Va. (WTAP) - A man who escaped from a correctional facility in southern West Virginia Sunday is caught.

Charles Michael Wentz, 39, escaped from the Stevens Correctional Center in Welch, W.Va. on August 6, 2018, and is considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities found Charles Wentz Thursday near Burlington, Ohio.
He was arrested after a shoplifting complaint at a South Point-area business.

Deputies say he was caught Thursday afternoon at a home along Township Road 1026. He managed to get away again and ran into the woods.

With the help of a K-9, deputies tracked Wentz down about a mile away in brush near U.S. 52 and County Road 120.

Deputies say he admitted he was wanted for escape from a prison near Welch, West Virginia.

Police in Ohio and West Virginia are looking for an inmate reported missing on Monday from a correctional facility in Welch, West Virginia.

The West Virginia State Patrol says Charles Michael Wentz, 39, who has ties to Huntington, West Virginia and Dayton, Ohio, escaped from the Stevens Correctional Center, Welch Holding Facility.

Wentz is described as a white male, 6' 1" tall, and weighing 215 pounds, and is considered armed and dangerous.

Wentz was incarcerated after being convicted on charges of fleeing in a fehicle from an officer, felony DUI, grand larceny, first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery.

His next parole hearing was scheduled for July 24, 2019, and his projected release date was July 24, 2023.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Wentz on charges of escape and felony conspiracy.

The Putnam County sheriff's office has arrested Christine Maria Rodriguez, 37, of Fairmont, W.Va., for allegedly helping Wentz escape.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wentz should call the McDowell County 911 Center at 304-436-4107, the West Virginia State Police at 304-256-6700 or Crime Stoppers.

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