Fugitive caught, released on bond

POMEROY – A Parkersburg man who broke home confinement a month ago was arrested in Meigs County, Ohio, over the weekend on a fugitive warrant, and then released on bond by a municipal judge.

Jason Lee Caplinger, 1027 Lynn St., Parkersburg, escaped from home confinement on Oct. 17. Officials with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department have 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.

Wood County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shawn Graham said he spoke to Meigs County Assistant Prosecutor Amanda Hall.

Graham said Hall told him she spoke to the judge about the bond and requested a high bond – $50,000 – for Caplinger. The judge declined.

“He let him go on his word,” Graham said. ”On an escape. It’s frustrating and I don’t know how to explain this to the victims of his other crimes.”

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.

Caplinger has allegedly made threats against his ex-wife and children, officials said, adding his family is scared and wanted him found.

”The guy has been on the run for a month,” Graham said. ”We are very concerned and very frustrated. What else I would like to say I would not want to see in print in the newspaper,” Graham said.

Messages left at the judge’s office and the Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office were not immediately returned.

A woman who answered the phone in the judge’s office said Story does not usually comment on cases to the media and referred questions to the prosecutor’s office.

If anyone has information on Caplinger’s whereabouts, he or she is asked to contact the Wood County Sheriff’s Department at 304-424-1945 or through the 911 Communication Center, the tip line at 304-834-3909 or at Sheriff@woodcountywv.com.

“We want this guy,” Graham said.

(Staff writer Jody Murphy contributed to this story.)