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

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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