March 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. UPDATE: ALTA, WV (WVNS) — Lewisburg Police Chief Chris Teubert released the names of the suspects who were being transported to the Southern Regional Jail on Friday, February 28, 2020.
Steven Lojek and Matthew Anderson were wanted for first degree murder, aggravated robbery, and tampering with physical evidence in Arizona. Members of the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force, Lewisburg Police Department, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department, Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, and Department of Corrections were able to track down the men in Lewisburg.
Both men were arraigned in Greenbrier County and were sent to the Southern Regional Jail while they waited for extradition. While on their way to SRJ, Lojek escaped from the police vehicle through the rear window on I-64 near the Alta exit. He was taken to a local hospital and then transported to a local trauma center. Police still do not know the extent of his injuries.
Lojek was charged with escape after this incident. Anderson was taken to SRJ.
Detectives with the Tempe Arizona Police Department arrived on Saturday, February 29, 2020 to continue their investigation.
February 28, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. UPDATE: ALTA, WV (WVNS) — Both westbound lanes of I-64 are open.
February 28, 2020 at 8:45 p.m. UPDATE: ALTA, WV (WVNS) — I-64 westbound will remain closed following an incident with prisoners.
According to the Lewisburg Police Department and the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department, two fugitives from justice were being transported to the Southern Regional Jail in a caged police vehicle. One of the prisoners was able to get out of the vehicle through the rear window near mile marker 159.5 on I-64 westbound.
The prisoner was taken to a local hospital with injuries, however the extent of those injuries is unknown. The other prisoner was transported to the Southern Regional Jail without incident.
Both prisoners were handcuffed behind their back, shackled, and were wearing seatbelts before one of them tried to escape.
Both westbound lanes of I-64 will remain closed while law enforcement continue their investigation.
ALTA, WV (WVNS) — Interstate 64 is closed from Alta to Sam Black.
Greenbrier County Dispatchers confirmed all westbound lanes on I-64 are closed near the Alta exit. Traffic is being re-routed on Route 60.
WV511 reported Police Activity near mile marker 161.
Details are limited. 59News is working to confirm more details.