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Escapee snared

June 20, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Shortly after his bail bond was cancelled on Saturday, a Martinsburg man allegedly jumped from his bondsman's car on the way to the Eastern Regional Jail and ran away.

The man was found Sunday in Virginia and taken back to jail, according to the bondsman's business partner.

David T. Walls, 34, is now facing a misdemeanor charge of being a fugitive in addition to the 18 felonies already filed against Walls by West Virginia State Police.

An affidavit of criminal complaint alleges that Walls and an accomplice forged and cashed eight checks at City National Bank on Edwin Miller Boulevard this month and failed an attempt to cash another.

After they arrested Walls on Friday, West Virginia State Police alerted Maryland State Police in Westminster, Md., where there was a warrant for his arrest.

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Patrick Banks of Banks Bail Bonds in Martinsburg was planning to post a $95,000 surety bond for Walls' release on the felony charges.

However, that transaction was cancelled Saturday.

John Orem, who works with Banks, said Walls was supposed to post some money and was supposed to get someone to co-sign his bond, but he did neither.

Banks was bringing Walls back to the jail Saturday afternoon, Orem said, but Walls jumped out of the car just before they arrived.

Orem said he and Banks tracked Walls to Virginia and apprehended him Sunday. "We looked all night and day," Orem said.

Walls' bond has been changed to a $95,000 cash bond.

He has been charged with nine counts of conspiracy to commit forgery, eight counts of uttering and one count of conspiracy to commit uttering.

According to the criminal complaint, Walls and his accomplice cashed eight checks at the same bank between June 3 and June 7, for a total of $10,200. The two men were rejected when they tried to cash a $3,600 check there on Friday, the complaint alleges.

Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show that Walls was charged in October with passing a $60 worthless check on July 14, 1999.

In March, Magistrate Ruth Donaldson ordered Walls to pay the $60 for the check plus $97 in court costs, according to court records.

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