Escaped prisoner caught in Logan County, WVSP tightening security

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) - A man arrested Monday night escaped police custody -- leaving many neighborhoods on edge.

Now, neighbors can rest easier knowing that prisoner has been caught.

David Jeffrey, 37, was arrested at the Fountain Place Mall.

Troopers say he tried to illegally deliver prescription pills, and that he's also wanted in Virginia for a sex offense parole violation.

"He escaped from the holding cell at the detachment," WVSP Capt. D.M. Nelson said.

Troopers say Jeffrey was cuffed to the floor of a holding cell. He was left alone for a few minutes while troopers gathered information about him. They say that's when he was able to slip out of the cuff and walk out of the building.

His escape had neighbors confused and concerned.

"I just feel that they (police) need to go back and maybe look at some kind of training for them in order to keep these criminals they've got in custody," Chris Lester, a Logan County resident, said.

Now that Jeffrey has been caught, troopers are focusing on preventing this from ever happening again.

"An escaped prisoner is not acceptable," Nelson said. "We understand the public's fear and their concern, and we have the same concerns. We will review the circumstances that led up to the escape, and we will correct any deficiencies that we find to make sure it doesn't happen again."

West Virginia State Police met Tuesday morning to talk about tightening security, as well as certain procedures that must be taken after an arrest is made.

Before his escape, Jeffrey was already facing drug and parole violation charges. He also faces charges in connection with the escape.

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