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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Pruntytown Escapee



Martinsburg, WV - The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force, comprised of members from the United States Marshals Service, West Virginia State Police, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, Charles Town Police Department, Shepherdstown Police Department and West Virginia Department of Parole, arrested Tyler Wynkoop 26, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia on Tally Ho Drive in Kearneysville, West Virginia. Tyler Wynkoop escaped from Pruntytown Correctional Center on March 31, 2017. The West Virginia Department of Parole referred the escape warrant for Tyler Wynkoop to the Marshal Services Mountain State Fugitive Task Force for investigation shortly after his escape.

During the investigation officers learned Wynkoop had returned to the Jefferson County area around April 3, 2017 and was avoiding capture with the assistance of friends and associates in the area. As the case developed Marshals received a tip Tyler Wynkoop was seen with his girlfriend Brittany Hudnall, 25, of Harpers Ferry. Footage of Hudnall and Tyler Wynkoop was found at the Brunswick Sheets putting both of them together. On April 25, 2017 Officers located Hudnall at her father’s home on Chestnut Hill Road. Wynkoop was not with Hudnall at the time.

On May 2, 2017 task force officers located Brittany Hudnall’s vehicle outside a known address associated with Wynkoop at 106 Tally Ho Drive in Fox Glen trailer park. Tyler Wynkoop was found hiding inside the residence and taken into custody. Brittany Hudnall was in the home and arrested and charged with Felony Accessory After the Fact.

The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force (MSFTF) is a U.S. Marshals Service lead fugitive task force who works with local law enforcement agencies in order to locate and capture fugitives charged with Murder, Armed Robberies, Malicious Assaults, Sexual Assaults, Drug Offences and other violent felony crimes.

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