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Man Arrested For Breaking and Entering, Fleeing

By Staff | Apr 18, 2019


New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil has confirmed Jacob Lee Newlen, 34, was arrested during the midnight hours of April 18 for breaking and entering and fleeing on foot.

NMPD released a social media statement the morning of April 18, stating its midnight shift officers had responded to Riverview Street for a reported breaking and entering of an automobile. Upon arrival at the scene, officers reportedly contacted a male subject who matched the description given and was carrying items. The man reportedly fled on foot toward Harlan Drive after officers identified themselves.

NMPD’s statement reads, “Officers pursued the subject who then began throwing items down. As officers closed in on the subject he turned south and ran towards the creek. The male subject then jumped into the creek to evade arrest.”

It is noted that backup was requested, and the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) responded to assist. Due to the depth of the water, New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department (NMVFD) was then requested for a water rescue.

“Officers were able to set up on both sides of the creek bank. After about 10 minutes the male subject made his way to the opposite creek bank and was taken into custody without further incident.”

WCSO, NMVFD, and Wetzel County EMS were credited for assistance, and Newlen has reportedly been charged with breaking and entering of an automobile and fleeing on foot.

“Charges are pending on the subject from unrelated investigations based on property recovered. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.”