ARMED AND DANGEROUS: State Police Looking For Escaped Inmate From McDowell County

Posted on August 5, 2018 by Tyler Barker

WELCH, WV (WOAY) - On August 5, 2018, Sr. Tpr. Lee from the WVSP Welch Detachment was notified of an inmate escape that occurred from the Steven's Correctional Center, Welch Holding Facility.

The escapee was identified as Charles Wentz, 39 years old, 6-1, 170 lbs, blue eyes, brown hair.

Mr. Wentz was incarcerated for Fleeing in a Vehicle from an officer, Felony DUI, Grand Larceny, 1st Degree Robbery, Attempted 1st Degree Robbery and 2nd Degree Robbery. Wentz should be considered armed and dangerous.

Christine Maria Rodriguez, 37 years old from Fairmont, WV, was arrested for aiding in the escape of Wentz. Rodriguez was located and arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office based warrants.

Mr. Wentz is still at large and has ties to the areas of Huntington, WV, and Dayton, Ohio. Any information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Wentz can be reported to the McDowell County 911 Center at 304-436-4107, Office of the WVSP at 304-256-6700, or Crime Stoppers.

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ARMED AND DANGEROUS: State Police Looking For Escaped Inmate From McDowell County

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WELCH, WV (WOAY) – On August 5, 2018, Sr. Tpr. Lee from the WVSP Welch Detachment was notified of an inmate escape that occurred from the Steven’s Correctional Center, Welch Holding Facility.

The escapee was identified as Charles Wentz, 39 years old, 6-1, 170 lbs, blue eyes, brown hair.

Mr. Wentz was incarcerated for Fleeing in a Vehicle from an officer, Felony DUI, Grand Larceny, 1st Degree Robbery, Attempted 1st Degree Robbery and 2nd Degree Robbery. Wentz should be considered armed and dangerous.

Christine Maria Rodriguez, 37 years old from Fairmont, WV, was arrested for aiding in the escape of Wentz. Rodriguez was located and arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office based warrants.

Mr. Wentz is still at large and has ties to the areas of Huntington, WV, and Dayton, Ohio. Any information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Wentz can be reported to the McDowell County 911 Center at 304-436-4107, Office of the WVSP at 304-256-6700, or Crime Stoppers.



Tyler Barker

Tyler Barker is currently the News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. He was promoted to this job in Mid-November. He still will fill in on weather from time to time. You can Follow Tyler on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email him at tbarker@woay.com


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