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UPDATE: Fugitive captured in Greenbrier County

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DUO (WVVA)-- West Virginia State Police tell WVVA the wanted fugitive Richard Henry Ames III has been captured.

Authorities said they received a tip he was trying to hitch-hike and walking down Anjean Road past Rupert and toward the Duo area. He was very close to the mines there when he was captured.

"We set up a perimeter," said Sergeant W. A. Pendleton, "We walked the road to try to flush him up to where everybody was waiting. At that time myself and Blevins found him in the woods and took him without incident."

Police said Ames took back roads and went through the woods overnight, andthey suspect he spent the night in the woods while police searched. He was on the move again, spotted and soon captured further down Anjean Road.

"This put us on high alert," said Pendleton. 

Ames is wanted in Virginia for an alleged Suntrust bank robbery.

As state police walked him into the Lewisburg detachment, Ames told WVVA, "I am innocent."

 

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DUO (WVVA) -- Police tell WVVA News wanted fugitive Richard Ames has been captured in the Anjean Road area of Greenbrier County.

Police said Ames had been spotted earlier in the day at a mine site in the area.

WVVA.com will have more details on the capture as they become available.

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DUO (WVVA)-- Police say the Virginia fugitive is still on the run in Greenbrier County.

Police say they last saw Richard Ames, 23, up Anjean Road past Rupert.  They continue their search Thursday morning in the Duo area.

He is described as a 6'3" black male and is wanted for bank robbery in Roanoke, VA.

The Roanoke Police Department tells WVVA Richard Henry Ames III entered a Suntrust bank in Roanoke on Tuesday around noon. They say he showed the cashier a note, then took an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank on foot.  

Witnesses did not report seeing him pull a weapon, according to Roanoke police. 

Wednesday night, law enforcement got a call that the fugitive was hiding in the Marfrance area, and when they went to serve the warrant the suspect fled from the home.

According to the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office, officers pursued him for thirty to forty minutes on-foot, but then had to return to the area for backup and for better radio communication.

The search was on Wednesday night down Anjean road. Police began stopping cars and to keep the suspect from leaving the area.

US Marshals, Greenbrier County Sheriff's office, West Virginia State Police, Fayette County Sheriff's Office, as well as city police from Rainelle, Lewisburg, and Quinwood were all called to the scene in Greenbrier County.

The West Virginia Department of Corrections also brought a dog for the search, the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office said.

Thursday morning the search is still going on. Greenbrier County Sheriff Jim Childers said the Raleigh County Sheriff's office is bringing down a bloodhound to aid in the search, and his own officers are patrolling around Rupert Elementary and Greenbrier West "as precautionary measures."

Police caution Greenbrier County residents to lock their doors, remove keys from vehicles and stay vigilant.

If you have any information, they ask you to call 911 to report it, or also the Greenbrier County Sheriff's office and the West Virginia State Police. 

 

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MARFRANCE (WVVA) - Police are on the hunt for an armed fugitive in Greenbrier County.

Police tell WVVA News that the suspect was first believed to be hiding in Marfrance, near Quinwood, in Greenbrier County.

He's wanted for armed robbery in Virginia.

The man was last seen in the Rupert-Anjean area. He is believed to be armed.

The suspect is on foot.

Police say they cannot give a name or description of the fugitive. Police had set up roadblocks in the Rupert and Anjean areas to inspect all vehicles.

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