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Suspect In South Carolina Murder Arrested In Wheeling

Courtesy WPD Facebook page

Wheeling Police on Tuesday arrested a man wanted for a South Carolina murder, according to Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger.

WPD officers arrested Leanard Herbert Finch, 31, of Gaffney, South Carolina. Finch was processed and transported to the Northern Regional Jail charged with being a Fugitive from Justice, where he will await extradition proceedings.

Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Schwertfeger said Wheeling Police received a call from a detective in South Carolina, telling WPD officers that a murder suspect may be in the East Wheeling area and provided the nickname of a subject he may be in the company of.

WPD officers recognized the nickname and knew of this subject to frequent homeless encampments in the 18th Street area. They began searching for Finch and located him near 18th and Eoff Streets, where he was taken into custody without incident by several Wheeling Police officers.


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