Caplinger arrested on escape charge

PARKERSBURG – A Parkersburg fugitive was found hiding in a bathroom Thursday night and arrested on an escape charge, said the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

Jason Lee Caplinger, 28, who was on home confinement at 1027 Lynn St., Parkersburg, was arrested at 8:30 p.m. Thursday while hiding in a bathroom at an apartment complex at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Wilbur Street, said Wood County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shawn Graham, who made the arrest.

Caplinger was arrested without incident.

The sheriff’s department received a tip that a man matching Caplinger’s description was spotted at 6:20 p.m. Thursday in the Save-A-Lot store at Broadway Avenue and Pike Street in Parkersburg. A video surveillance tape from the store confirmed the man was Caplinger, officials said.

Graham and home confinement officers went to the south Parkersburg apartment looking for Caplinger. A man came to the door and pointed that the suspect was in a bathroom near a back bedroom, Graham said.

Caplinger was hiding in the bathroom with his girlfriend, Grace Varner of Parkersburg, Graham said. He anticipates a charge or charges being filed against Varner.

Caplinger was arraigned at 10 p.m. in Wood County Magistrate Court on a charge of escape. No bond was set at the hearing before Magistrate Brenda Marshall.

Caplinger will be brought before circuit court today.

Caplinger broke home confinement a month ago in Parkersburg and was arrested in Meigs County, Ohio, over the weekend on a fugitive warrant. But he was then released on bond by a Meigs County municipal judge.

Caplinger escaped from home confinement on Oct. 17. Officials with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department had been looking for him for more than a month.

Caplinger was arrested Saturday in Meigs County for being a fugitive from West Virginia. He was arraigned by municipal judge Steven Story, who released Caplinger on a personal recognizance bond.

Caplinger was initially ordered on home confinement to serve a 1-10 year sentence through Wood County Circuit Court on a charge of grand larceny, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department said.

The Meigs County Sheriff’s Department picked up Caplinger over the weekend after responding to a fight between a couple, said Meigs County Chief Deputy Charlie Mansfield.

”He was part of the group of people there,” Mansfield said.

They ran a check on him and saw he was wanted on a fugitive warrant from West Virginia and arrested him, he said.