Man who escaped from McDowell County prison found after shoplifting at Ohio Dollar General

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UPDATE 8/10/2018 @ 7:30 AM 

LAWRENCE COUNTY, OH (WVNS) — Law enforcement in Ohio have arrested a man who escaped from a McDowell County prison after he was caught shoplifting from a Dollar General in Ohio. 

Lawrence County Deputies arrested Charles Wentz, who escaped from Steven’s Correction Center in Welch over the weekend. 

Deputies said on Thursday, August 9, they responded to a Family Dollar on County Road 406 for a shoplifting complaint. Employees told deputies a man and woman stole from the store and left in a red and silver vehicle with WV license plates. Deputies found the woman’s home who said the man she was with had already left. 

A short time later, deputies returned to the same home where they found Charles Wentz. Deputies said while they were trying to put Wentz in their patrol cruiser, he ran into a wooded area. A K-9 was able to track him down about a mile away. 

Wentz admitted to officers he was wanted for escaping from a prison in Welch. 

11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 UPDATE:  

Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested have arrested a woman in Fairmont for helping an inmate in McDowell County escape.  Christina Rodriguez is charged with conspiracy and aiding a prisoner with escape.

Raodriguez allegedly helped Charles Wentz in his escape from the Stevens Correctional Center over the weekend.  The details on what assistance she provided were not released.


ORIGINAL STORY: State Troopers are searching for a man that escaped from Stevens Correctional Center. Troopers were notified Sunday, August 5, 2018 that Charles Wentz escaped.

Wentz is 39 years-old, 6-feet 1-inch tall, 170 lbs, with blue eyes and brown hair. He was in jail for Fleeing in a Vehicle from an Officer, Felony DUI, Grand Larceny, 1st Degree Robbery, Attempted 1st Degree Robbery and 2nd Degree Robbery.

According to troopers, Wentz is still at large and considered armed and dangerous. He has ties to Huntington, WV and Dayton, OH.

Any information with the whereabouts of Wentz is urged to call the McDowell County 911 Center at 304-436-4107, WVSP at 304-256-6700, or Crime Stoppers.

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