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Fugitive Cross Lanes man arrested near Nitro

By Staff reports

NITRO, W.Va. — St. Albans police arrested a fugitive Monday near Nitro.

Capt. James Agee of the St. Albans Police Department said detectives with the city's Special Enforcement Unit were asked to intercept a suspected fugitive spotted in a car near Nitro. Detectives stopped the car near Goff Mountain Road and W.Va. 25 around 5:30 p.m.

Rusty J. Martin, 34, of Cross Lanes, was driving the vehicle, Agee said. Martin was wanted on a Kanawha County Circuit Court warrant related to a charge of burglary and grand larceny.

Martin was convicted of breaking into a house on Oakland Avenue in St. Albans last year, Agee said. When the woman who lived at the house came home and found Martin inside, he grabbed some jewelry and sped off in a car.

Martin pleaded guilty to burglary and grand larceny in connection with the break-in but did not show up for a sentencing hearing, Agee said. He was arrested Monday and taken to the South Central Regional Jail.

Detectives also found Erin R. Bays, 31, of Charleston, in the car. Bays allegedly gave police a false name when questioned, and allegedly had several drug syringes on her. She was arrested and charged with obstructing officers and possession of a controlled substance.

Bays was free on bond Tuesday. Martin was being held without bail.

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