Man captured after escaping from police

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County man is being held on a $150,000 bond after allegedly escaping from a Buckhannon police officer who arrested him on domestic battery charges Sunday night.

Jedadiah Alexander Stump, 27, was arrested on one felony count of domestic battery, third offense, and later charged with one felony count of escape, Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory said Monday.

“Basically, a call came in last evening around 10 p.m. from a female subject who was concerned about a male that she was with in a vehicle,” Gregory said. “The two were basically involved in a domestic situation.”

Patrolman First Class Nick Caynor with the Buckhannon Police Department responded to the call and found Stump and the woman in a car that was traveling through the Fifth Street/Morton Avenue area of Buckhannon.

“There were allegations that (Stump) struck her,” Gregory said, “so Nick (Caynor) arrested him (Stump) and brought him back to the police department, and from my understanding he escaped and a foot pursuit ensued.”

The chase didn’t last long, though, the police chief said, noting Caynor apprehended Stump in the parking lot of the Moose Lodge on North Kanawha Street.

“He was charged with felony escape because it was a felony domestic battery charge he was arrested on,” Gregory said.

The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office and Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police assisted Caynor, the police chief said.

As of presstime, Stump remained lodged in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Further information was unavailable because the Upshur County Courthouse was closed Monday due to inclement weather.