UPDATE: (11:50 P.M. Wednesday, May 24, 2023) – St. Albans Police have released the names of the people arrested following the execution of a search warrant at a home Wednesday afternoon.
According to Chief Marc Gilbert, Dion Combs, of Detroit, Brooke King, Paul King, and Dedra King all of St. Albans are all in jail with bond set for each at $20,000 cash. The four are facing charges of distribution of fentanyl, and conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.
As of late Wednesday night Dwayne Canada, of Southgate Michigan, was still on the run. Police say when they entered the home on Lotus Road to serve a search warrant he tried to escape through a window. He struggled with police, then left the house with just one shoe on.
After trying to pay people for rides out of town, police say Canada stole a white 2016 Toyota Tacoma and took off.
Police say anyone who sees him should consider him armed and dangerous and should report the sighting to 911.
UPDATE: (8:45 P.M. Wednesday, May 24, 2023) – Authorities are releasing more details on the search warrant that led to a man running from police in St. Albans.
According to St. Albans Police Chief Marc Gilbert, The SAPD Special Enforcement Unit had been conducting a month-long investigation into alleged drug activity along Lotus Road. Authorities went to the residence with a search warrant this afternoon.
The SAPD says four people were arrested at the scene. Dwayne Devante Canada, of Southgate, Michigan, who allegedly tried to climb through a window and then struggled with officers before running out of the house, is still at large, authorities say.
Gilbert tells WOWK 13 News Canada could be heading through Ohio to get to Michigan. He also says the individuals involved in the investigation are repeat-offenders and the US Marshal’s Office is involved in the case.
UPDATE: (6:15 P.M. Wednesday, May 24, 2023) – The St. Albans Police Department has released the name of a man who is on the run in a stolen truck.
According to the SAPD, the man authorities are searching for has been identified as Dwayne Devante Canada, of Southgate, Michigan. Police described the suspect is a light-skinned black male, and a Public Safety Alert says he is five foot eight inches tall.
Anyone who sees the suspect should call 911, and should not approach him.
Officers say the incident began while the SAPD Special Enforcement Unit was conducting a search warrant at a home on Lotus Road in St. Albans in connection to a drug investigation. They say they went into the home and found the suspect in a second-floor bedroom allegedly attempting to leave through the room’s window.
Police say they were able to grab the suspect and pull him back into the room where he allegedly fought with detectives before running down the stairs and out of the home. They say he ran on foot and was only wearing one shoe.
The Nitro Police Department, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Drug Unit and West Virginia State Police then joined the SAPD in the search for the suspect, with WVSP bringing in a helicopter for aerial coverage.
Kanawha County Metro Communications dispatchers said they received multiple calls from various locations regarding the suspect. Police say at least two people said they had a face-to-face conversation with the suspect where he allegedly offered them $1,000 for a ride out of town, supposedly claiming he was not from the area and not sure of where he was.
Dispatchers said some of the calls they received regarding the suspect allegedly going into homes and being confronted by the owners before running back out of the homes. The SAPD says when he allegedly went into a home on Dry Ridge Road, he was again confronted by the homeowner. Police say the suspect allegedly stole the person’s keys and fled in east on Dry Ridge Road in the pick-up truck.
The stolen vehicle is described as a white, 4-door 2016 Toyota Tacoma with a West Virginia plate: 42U744.
According to the St. Albans PD, the suspect is wanted on several charges including possession with intent to deliver fentanyl, daytime burglary and grand larceny (auto).
Anyone with any information on the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact Metro Communications at 304-348-8111, or call 911. He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.
ST. ALBANS, WV (WOWK) — Dispatchers say police are looking for an assault suspect that was last seen in a stolen vehicle near St. Albans. According to a Public Safety Alert, the male suspect could be armed and dangerous.
Metro 911 officials say the vehicle is a white 2016 Toyota Tacoma 4-door with West Virginia plates 42U744.
According to St. Albans Police Chief Marc Gilbert, the police department’s Special Enforcement Unit searched a residence on Lotus Road in St. Albans. Once they were inside, a Southgate, Michigan, man ran away from the house with one shoe on, according to Gilbert.
The suspect allegedly was then trying to get a ride from anyone out of the area. He then allegedly stole the keys to the Toyota Tacoma, according to Chief Gilbert.
They say the suspect is a light-skinned black male who is an assault on an officer suspect. The Public Safety Alert says he is five foot eight inches tall. If you see him, call 911 and do not approach.