Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 28, 2013

Inmate who escaped from custody located by K-9 dogs inside of Tazewell church

By Kate Coil
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

TAZEWELL, Va. — An inmate who escaped from authorities in Tazewell County Wednesday evening has been found in a local church.

Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt said a man who was arrested by the Bluefield, Va. Police Department escaped from Tazewell Community Hospital late Wednesday. Hieatt said the man was discovered hiding in a local church approximately two miles from the hospital by the county’s new tracking K-9 Deputies Evo and Storm. 

“The new tracking dogs went right up to him,” Hieatt said. “It was great. Those dogs really did hard work. We might not have found him until Sunday morning without them.”

According to the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, K-9 Deputy Evo sustained a minor injury during the search which is “the equivalent to a sprained ankle for a human.” Evo will be back to work in a matter of days.

Hieatt said the man will face additional charges from the Tazewell County Sheriff’s office, including escape.