Fugitive from justice captured in Taylor County last week


TAYLOR COUNTY—After being on the lam for over eight months, officers from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department were able to apprehend a fugitive from justice.

Barbour County Sheriff’s Officials began seeking the help of the public to located Jamie “D-Bo” Owens, 37, of Grafton, who was wanted on a felony warrant for possession with intent to deliver.

While attempting to apprehend Owens, he was able to allude officers and was considered armed and dangerous.

Last week, officers from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department were called upon to check the welfare of a person on Sandy Hollow Road. The dispatcher reported to the officers that a passerby noticed a vehicle, belonging to Tiffany Amanda Mauller, 36, of Philippi, on the side of the road.

It was further reported that Owens, who had previously been reported as armed and dangerous, was believed to be inside the car.

Deputy Dylan Johnson and Sheriff Terry A. Austin made their way to the scene and upon approaching the vehicle, order Owens and Mauller to exit the vehicle.

According to Austin, both defendants refused to exit the car, even after being ordered to do so multiple times. To gain access to Owens, the driver’s side window was broken, and he was removed by Austin.

Meanwhile, Johnson was able to extract Mauller from the passenger side of the vehicle.

Both Owens and Mauller were placed under arrest. During a routine search of the defendants, Austin recovered a small vessel containing a crystal-like substance from Owens’ pants pocket.

The substance inside the container was field tested and returned positive result for methamphetamine.

Owens is being charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. Meanwhile, Mauller, who is believed to have helped Owens evade capture, is being charged with punishment of principals in the second degree and accessories before and after the fact.

Owens is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on no bond, while Mauller is being held at the same facility on a $5,000 cash or surety bond amount.

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