Fugitive wanted in 3 states captured in West Virginia

(WVVA) A man wanted on more than 40 felony charges in three different states was captured in Beckley.

Task force officers arrested Robert Michael Wolfenbarker, 33, on Thursday at a residence on Kanawha Street. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Wolfenbarker was found “hiding under a bed.”

Wolfenbarker was wanted in Elizabethton, Tennessee in connection with the theft of a race car hauler that held a race car and some equipment.

“Wolfenbarker also has over 40 felony charges for various crimes pending in North Carolina as well as felony charges in Raleigh County, WV for narcotics trafficking and fleeing,” according to U.S. Marshal Michael Baylous.

Members of the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office and Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force assisted in Wolfenbarker’s arrest.

Read the full news release below:

U.S. Marshals Capture Fugitive Wanted in Three States

      Robert Michael Wolfenbarker, 33, was arrested yesterday afternoon in Beckley, WV after an intensive three-month fugitive investigation by members of the Cops United Felony Fugitive Enforcement Division (CUFFED) Task Force.  Wolfenbarker was wanted by the Elizabethton Police Department in TN for multiple felony charges involving burglary and theft of a trailer containing a race car and all support equipment.  Wolfenbarker also has over 40 felony charges for various crimes pending in North Carolina as well as felony charges in Raleigh County, WV for narcotics trafficking and fleeing.

     Members of the Eastern Tennessee (E/TN) USMS Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force adopted this case and developed information Wolfenbarker had returned to WV and passed the information to S/WV CUFFED officers. After the intense three-month investigation, a lead was developed by S/WV CUFFED officers of Wolfenbarker staying at a residence on South Kanawha Street in Beckley, WV.   Wolfenbarker was found hiding under a bed in the residence and arrested in the early afternoon by a team of CUFFED task force officers, comprised of Deputy US Marshals and Raleigh County Sheriff’s Deputies along with the help from members of the Raleigh County Violent Crime and Drug Task Force.  Wolfenbarker will be charged as a fugitive from justice and will face extradition to E/TN to answer the charges in Elizabethton as well as face charges in North Carolina and West Virginia.                                                   

       The United States Marshals Service (USMS) sponsors the CUFFED Task Force that currently has personnel from the USMS, Kanawha County Sheriffs, Cabell County Sheriffs, Wayne County Sheriffs, Putnam County Sheriffs, Raleigh County Sheriffs, Roane County Sheriffs, Beckley Police Dept., Hurricane Police Dept., and the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  The CUFFED Task Force is comprised of state, local and federal agencies and is responsible for the apprehension of thousands of violent fugitives since its inception in 2002. 



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