Man charged with escaping custody


ELKINS — A Kingwood man is facing charges after escaping custody of a Barbour County Sheriff’s deputy earlier this year.

Robert Allen Hoover, 38, of 103 Kimbleton St., Kingwood, is being charged with a felony count of escape.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court by West Virginia State Police Trooper First Class D.T. Stallings, on Feb. 1 at around 6:02 p.m., the trooper received a request to assist Barbour County Sheriff’s Deputy C.D. Cross at the parking lot located off the eastern roadway edge of U.S. Route 250 near Norton.

“Upon arrival, the undersigned officer was advised by Deputy Cross that he was transporting a prisoner, identified as Robert Allen Hoover, to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a hold order,” the complaint states.

Cross stopped at the parking lot when Hoover feigned an illness, according to the report. Hover was able to get out of the cruiser and then fled from the scene into the woods. Hoover was not located during the initial search.

Hoover is currently incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on charges in Monongalia County, on parole violations and the escape charge. Bond was set at $50,000 by Randolph County Magistrate George Riggleman. If convicted, Hoover faces five years in prison.


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