Wood County Escaped Inmate Recaptured

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PARKERSBURG, WV (WOWK) – A Parkersburg man is back in custody after breaking out of the Wood County Holding Facility.

According to the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Anthony Michael Douglas, 33, was alone in the facility’s interview room awaiting transfer back to the North Central Regional Jail, following a court appearance on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019.

Authorities believe he broke through drywall into a hallway, and then escaped through a rear door at around 6:30 PM.

The hole was discovered early Thursday, January 3rd, 2019.

WVDMAPS says that once an emergency headcount confirmed Douglas was missing, the facility immediately alerted law enforcement at 9:30 AM.

A U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force, which included WVDMAPS personnel, caught Douglas on Parkersburg’s south side around 10:45 AM Thursday.

He is being charged with escape and felony destruction of property.

According to WVDMAPS, preliminary information suggests a facility officer left the inmate unattended for around four hours starting at around 2:30 PM Wednesday after he was interviewed by a law enforcement officer.

Division Commissioner Betsy Jividen said the incident is under internal review by its Inspector General section, and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a parallel criminal investigation.

WVDMAPS Secretary Jeff Sandy said that once these are complete, appropriate actions will occur. 

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