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UPDATE: Escaped Prisoner Caught, Now Hospitalized

By: Cathleen Moxley, Anna Baxter Email
By: Cathleen Moxley, Anna Baxter Email

UPDATE 10/26/12 @ 7:15 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man who escaped police custody earlier this week and was later recaptured has been hospitalized, West Virginia State Police say.

David Jeffrey was captured by state police troopers. Jeffrey originally escaped police custody Monday night. When he was caught the next day, troopers say he became extremely violent.

They say he grabbed a microphone chord from a portable police radio and wrapped it around a trooper's neck. Police then had to use force from their K-9 unit.

Because of federal HIPPA laws, police can't release the nature of Jeffrey's injuries, but they say he is expected to be OK.

Jeffrey was originally arrested on drug and parole violation charges.
He also faces charges in connection with his escape and his violent capture.

Jeffrey will be arraigned as soon as he's released from the hospital.



UPDATE 10/23/12 @ 6:30 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man arrested Monday night escaped police custody -- leaving many neighborhoods on edge.

Now, neighbors can rest easier knowing that prisoner has been caught.

David Jeffrey, 37, was arrested at the Fountain Place Mall.

Troopers say he tried to illegally deliver prescription pills, and that he's also wanted in Virginia for a sex offense parole violation.

“He escaped from the holding cell at the detachment,” WVSP Capt. D.M. Nelson said.

Troopers say Jeffrey was cuffed to the floor of a holding cell. He was left alone for a few minutes while troopers gathered information about him. They say that’s when he was able to slip out of the cuff and walk out of the building.

His escape had neighbors confused and concerned.

“I just feel that they (police) need to go back and maybe look at some kind of training for them in order to keep these criminals they've got in custody,” Chris Lester, a Logan County resident, said.

Now that Jeffrey has been caught, troopers are focusing on preventing this from ever happening again.

“An escaped prisoner is not acceptable,” Nelson said. “We understand the public's fear and their concern, and we have the same concerns. We will review the circumstances that led up to the escape, and we will correct any deficiencies that we find to make sure it doesn't happen again.”

West Virginia State Police met Tuesday morning to talk about tightening security, as well as certain procedures that must be taken after an arrest is made.

Before his escape, Jeffrey was already facing drug and parole violation charges. He also faces charges in connection with the escape.



UPDATE 10/23/12 @ 2 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man who escaped from police custody in Logan County has been caught.

West Virginia State Police tells WSAZ.com David Jeffrey, 37, was caught just before 2 p.m. Tuesday in Justice Addition.

State Police say he escaped from the Logan detachment of the West Virginia State Police on Monday night.

He was captured just a few miles away.

Jeffrey was originally arrested on drug violations and a parole violation for a sex offense out of Virginia.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several law enforcement agencies are joining forces to search for a suspect who escaped from police custody.

State Police tell WSAZ.com David Jeffrey, 37, escaped Monday night from the Logan State Police Detachment.

Jeffrey was arrested on drug violations and a parole violation for a sex offense out of Virginia.

“We are fully aware the public is on edge and we are making every effort to make sure he is captured,” Captain Dave Nelson said. “We will review circumstances that led up to this mistake and make sure it doesn't happen again. An escape is not acceptable. Our main focus and priority is public safety."

Captain Nelson says they are bringing in troopers from other detachments to help find Jeffrey.

Police say they have received numerous complaints from concerned neighbors.

Right now, troopers are searching in several areas.

We have a crew headed to Logan County. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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