Marshals Apprehend Fugitive
A man wanted by U.S. Marshals for a parole violation was caught Thursday, Feb. 25 thanks to a collaborative effort by local and state law enforcement.
The U.S. Marshals issued a release Wednesday requesting assistance with the whereabouts of David Shawn Christen, 32. Christen was believed to be in the New Martinsville area and was considered to be armed and dangerous.
Christen was wanted for a parole violation.
In July 2013, Christen was sentenced to one to 15 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men after admitting he had violated the rules of home confinement by consuming controlled substances that were not prescribed to him.
Christen pleaded guilty Feb. 6, 2013, in Wetzel County Circuit Court to the felony offense of delivery of oxycodone.
The New Martinsville Police Department announced Thursday evening, via its Facebook page, that Christen had been apprehended. In its post, the NMPD stated that officers from its department it had assisted Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office deputies and troopers from the West Virginia State Police in apprehending Christen.
According to a statement by the U.S. Marshals, NMPD had received a tip on Christen’s location “due to his recent news profile.” The information led officers to Christen’s mother’s house in New Martinsville. The U.S. Marshals’ press release also credited The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force in its assistance in apprehending Christen. According to the Wetzel County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the task force includes deputies from the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office.