Search for suspect results in school lockdown


FOLLANSBEE — A search for an individual who allegedly escaped custody Monday, led to several Brooke County schools being placed on lock down.

Deputies with the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department arrested Dustin Wayne Parsons, 24, after attempting to serve a warrant on another individual. Parsons, deputies learned was wanted on a felony in Wood County.

After taking Parsons into custody, the deputy left him handcuffed in the back of a cruiser so he could speak with another deputy still inside the apartment at 490 Burgoyne Ave., according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. Parsons allegedly discovered that the center cage had a sliding window that had been left open, crawled through the window and escaped the vehicle.

Deputies chased him into a wooded area but lost him, the statement said. While they and members from other law enforcement agencies searched for Parsons, Brooke County Schools placed several buildings on lockdown. They included Brooke Intermediate North, Brooke Primary North, Brooke Middle School and Brooke High School.

With the help of Follansbee police, Wellsburg K-9 and Weirton K-9 units, deputies were able to find Parsons and take him back into custody. Schools came off lockdown shortly thereafter, the sheriff’s office said.

Parsons was taken to Northern Regional Jail, where he remains in lieu of $17,500 bond. In addition to the charge out of Wood County, he faces charges in Brooke County of felony escape, fleeing on foot and obstructing an officer.