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Man wanted in Beckley for murder arrested in Charleston

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man wanted in Beckley for murder was arrested in Charleston after police received information he was visiting a relative at a local hospital.

Charleston patrol officers took Alfred Pittman, 23, into custody Thursday evening at Charleston Area Medical Center's Women and Children's Hospital, said Sgt. Bobby Eggleton, assistant chief of detectives.

Kanawha Metro 911 dispatchers told officers to be on the lookout for Pittman, who was said to be driving a blue Chevrolet Malibu with Tennessee license plates. The announcement told officers Pittman's child was in the hospital and that he may have been in the area with the child's mother.

Officers were cautioned Pittman was wanted for first-degree murder. 

Pittman was wanted in connection with the murder of Shawn Rucker, who was shot to death Sept. 26 in a home invasion in Beckley, according to the Beckley Register-Herald.

Beckley Detective Jeff Shumate identified Pittman, Cornealus "Ty" Taylor, 20, and Dewayne Lane, 22, as suspects.

Cornealius "Ty" Taylor, 20, turned himself in shortly after midnight, according to Beckley Police Department. Taylor and Pittman are being held in Southern Regional Jail on charges of first-degree murder.

Police are still searching for DeWayne Lane, 22, who is believed to have ties to the Charleston and Bluefield areas.

Beckley detectives were questioning Pittman late Thursday at the Charleston Police Department, Eggleton said.

Anyone with information should contact the Beckley Police Department at 304-256-1720 or Crime Stoppers at 304-255-STOP.



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