Fugitive wanted in three states arrested in Beckley

RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — A fugitive wanted in three states including West Virginia was arrested after U.S. marshals said he was found hiding under a bed.

Robert Michael Wolfenbarker, 33, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Beckley following a three-month investigation, a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Wolfenbarker was wanted by the Elizabethton Police Department in Tennessee on multiple felony charges involving burglary and theft of a trailer containing a race car and equipment, the release said. He has more than 40 felony charges for different crimes pending in North Carolina and in Raleigh County for narcotics trafficking and fleeing.

U.S. marshals in Tennessee learned Wolfenbarker had returned to West Virginia and passed information on to officers in West Virginia.

The news release said Wolfenbarker was found hiding under a bed in a home in Beckley and arrested by a team of Cops United Felony Fugitive Enforcement Division (CUFFED) task force officers including deputy U.S. marshals, Raleigh County sheriff’s deputies and members of the Raleigh County Violent Crime and Drug Task Force. He will be charged as a fugitive from justice and will face extradition to Tennessee to answer to the charges in Elizabethton and will face charges in North Carolina and West Virginia, U.S. marshals said.

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