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Pennsylvania fugitive captured in Va.

August 05, 2010
  • James William Vrzick

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An inmate who escaped from a work-release job in Franklin County, Pa., Saturday has been recaptured in Virginia, the Berkeley County (W.Va.) Sheriff's Department said in a news release Wednesday night.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department received information Wednesday that James William Vrzick, 21, was attempting to leave the county, the release said.

According to the release, officers were able to find Vrzick as he was traveling into Virginia. They contacted Virginia State Police, who set up a traffic stop at around the 319 mile marker on Interstate 81. Vrzick was taken into custody without incident.

Vrzick failed to return from a Franklin County Jail work-release job in the Chambersburg, Pa., area Saturday morning. He had been jailed July 2 for a parole violation on a charge of receiving stolen property, said Warden John Wetzel of the Franklin County Jail.

Vrzick has about 16 months left on his parole, Wetzel said.


Other departments assisting in the search for Vrzick were the U.S. Marshals Service, West Virginia State Police and Martinsburg City Police.

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