Deputies arrest man who allegedly threw home confinement bracelet in river

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. — Deputies say they arrested a Scott Depot man this week after an anonymous caller reported he was at a St. Albans Go-Mart bragging about throwing his home confinement tracking bracelet in the Kanawha River.

Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said another caller pointed deputies to a trailer on U.S. 60 in Putnam, where they found Randall Peters, 30, asleep. The sheriff said he had scratches and bruises from running through the woods, and had been using drugs. He also allegedly punched, slapped and choked a man living at the trailer, whom deputies said Peters often lived with.

“They were buddies, but I don’t know why they got into it,” Deweese said.

Peters, 30, is now in Western Regional Jail on $150,000 bail, $100,000 of which is for allegedly violating the home confinement sentence on a Doddridge County domestic violence charge. The remaining $50,000 is for new Putnam charges for allegedly escaping, stealing the monitoring bracelet and domestic battery against Burgess.

On Sunday, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department got an “Open Strap Alert” for Peters and deputies tried to activate “pursuit mode” on the bracelet, according to a criminal complaint. But the activation failed, indicating the bracelet was unpowered. The sheriff’s department sent out a media release requesting information about Peters’ whereabouts, saying had might have fled to St. Albans. Deputies arrested him the next day.

Peters has a home confinement revocation hearing set for Aug. 5 in Doddridge County, and another hearing Aug. 7 in Putnam County.

Home confinement bracelets cost around $1,900, according to the complaint.

— Staff reports

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