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W.Va. inmate who escaped in May captured in Va.

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia inmate who escaped in May is back in custody following his capture in Virginia.

The Beckley Correctional Center tells media outlets that 40-year-old Chad Edward Cook was captured in Roanoke on Sunday.

Roanoke police spokesman Scott Leamon tells The Register-Herald that an officer stopped Cook after he saw the inmate riding a bicycle without tail light reflectors on a sidewalk.

Leamon says the officer discovered that Cook was a fugitive from West Virginia.

West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says Cook left a work release job in May.

Cook was serving a sentence for fraud, forgery and false pretenses in Harrison and Upshur counties.

Leamon says Cook is charged in Virginia with falsifying a public document and a traffic violation.


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