CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man wanted in connection with the slaying of a 40-year-old Charleston man earlier this week was arrested while fleeing to Beckley on Friday night, police said.
Jarod Edward Washington, 29, had left an apartment on Charleston's East End moments before police surrounded it, according to Charleston Police Department Lt. Steve Cooper. Washington apparently had been hiding there since a warrant for his arrest was issued Monday.
Police say Washington and Daniel Okeith Little, 29, fatally shot Roy Chambliss, 40, during a robbery at Chambliss' apartment on Piccadilly Street. Little was arrested Monday night and is being held without bond in South Central Regional Jail.
Police intensified their search for Washington on Friday after witnesses saw him enter an apartment in the 1400 block of Lee Street East, Cooper said.
Officers armed with rifles and bulletproof vests surrounded the apartment for more than three hours while neighbors and curious onlookers watched from a safe distance.
At first, police were focused on the building next to the one where Washington had been hiding. The landlord of that building arrived and gave police a key and permission to search the building.
Cooper said police then learned that Washington had been staying with a woman at an apartment next to the one where police originally looked, at 1424 Lee St. E. He said Washington and the woman apparently fled moments before they arrived.
Just as officers were preparing to enter the second building, Cooper said, he received word that state troopers had stopped and arrested the pair on the West Virginia Turnpike.