Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 14, 2012

Tracey Lee Atwell in police custody

SPANISHBURG — A region-wide manhunt for a murder suspect who allegedly kidnapped his own daughter, tied-up and robbed his parents and stole their vehicle came to a close Saturday afternoon when troopers with the West Virginia State Police closed its dragnet and captured their suspect, Tracey Atwell.

“Fifteen times one,” Cpl. A.P. Christian of the Princeton Detachment West Virginia State Police said into his radio, alerting his fellow law enforcement officers that he had the suspect in custody. For about 20 minutes, police pursued Atwell, 38, on the roads not far from his Spanishburg home. Scanner traffic indicated that authorities wanted Atwell to return to his home and surrender to police, but when he turned away, troopers, deputies and officers in the area converged on his location and made the arrest in a matter of minutes.

“She was good to go,” Christian said about Atwell’s 8-year-old daughter, Porshia Atwell, who had been traveling with her father since Wednesday. Christian said that Sgt. Melissa Clemons, a member of the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit took care of the 8-year-old. “She was OK.”

For more on this story, see tomorrow's edition of the Daily Telegraph

To view the video of Atwell in custody, click here

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