UPDATE: LEWISBURG, WV (WOAY) – On Friday, February 28, 2020 members of Lewisburg Police Department who are also members of the US Marshal Violent Crime Task Force received information advising that Steven Joseph Lojek and Matthew Stephen Anderson of Arizona were wanted out of Maricopa County Arizona for first degree murder, kidnapping aggravated robbery and tampering with physical evidence and were possibly in the Lewisburg area.
Members of the US Marshals Service task force assembled in the Lewisburg area and were able to locate both Lojek and Anderson and took them into custody without incident. Later that day, both subjects appeared in the Greenbrier County Circuit Court for an extradition hearing and then remanded to the Southern Regional Jail to await extradition proceedings.
Both fugitives were then transported to Southern Regional Jail by officers from the Lewisburg Police Department and the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department in a caged vehicle. During the transport, Steven Lojek was able to exit the moving vehicle out of the rear passenger’s side window at the mile marker 159.5 on I-64 Westbound. Both prisoners were handcuffed behind their back, wearing shackles and were wearing seat belts prior to the attempted escape.
Lojek was transported to a local hospital then on to a trauma center for injuries sustained during the attempted escape. The extent of those injuries are unknown. Anderson was transported to Southern Regional Jail without incident. Lojek was subsequently charged with escape in the Greenbrier County magistrate. On Saturday, February 29, 2020, detectives with the Tempe Arizona police department arrived in Lewisburg to continue their investigation.
GREENBRIER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Lewisburg Chief of Police Chris Teubert and Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan have released the following information:
At approximately 5:53 p.m. on 2/28/20, 2 fugitives from justice were being transported to the Southern Regional Jail by officers from the Lewisburg Police Department and Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office in a caged police vehicle. During the transport, one of the prisoners was able to exit the moving vehicle out a rear window.
This occurred at approximately mile marker 159.5 on I-64 westbound. Both prisoners were handcuffed behind their back, shackled and were wearing seat belts prior