CAPTURED: Ohio Fugitive Caught By U.S. Marshals In West Virginia

U.S. Marshals arrested a wanted man from Ohio in West Virginia on Tuesday.

Wooster, OH - James “Bubba” Schmidt, the target of an Ohio manhunt, was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Tuesday afternoon.

Schmidt was seen leaving a pawn shop in Gallipolis Ferry, W. Va., according to Wooster Police. He led police on a short foot pursuit before being captured.

Police had been searching for Schmidt for weeks, and responded to the Walmart located at 3883 Burbank Road, for a sighting of him in the early morning hours of Dec. 5.

As officers approached, Schmidt got into a car with a female inside. He fled in the vehicle, and shot at officers during the chase, hitting police cars from the Wooster Police Department and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Schmidt crashed that vehicle, and exchanged gunfire with officers again, before fleeing on foot.

He then stole an SUV, backed it through a garage door, and fled, sparking an intense manhunt.

Police said he may have then shoplifted from a Walmart in Coshocton, Ohio. Schmidt reportedly waved a gun in that store, before disappearing again in the SUV.

The stolen SUV was later found burned in a remote area of Guernsey County. It's believed Schmidt stole another vehicle in that county in Ohio before fleeing into West Virginia.

An Orrville woman, Edna Beachy, told WOIO she was shaken and scared after Schmidt broke into her home early Tuesday morning.

“I woke up to the gunshots. I woke up and I was trying to figure out if I dreamt it or if it was real and I sat up and I looked out the window and I saw a dark figure heading towards my house,” she said.

Beachy said she barricaded herself in a room while on the phone with police, and was not sure who was in her house, or what he was doing.

“At that time he was hollering something and breaking the windows on the doors trying to get inside, and at that time I had no idea what he wanted or why he was here,” Beachy said. “When it was all said and done he had taken my car and busted through my garage door and broken all of my doors.”

Schmidt was charged with assault, aggravated menacing, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, weapons under disability, resisting arrest, and obstruction of official business. Police said additional charges are expected.

A female subject was with Schmidt when he was apprehended, according to WCW.

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Wade Ryan
Wade Ryan

I'm praying for that poor innocent homemaker's peace of mind after this horrendous experience.


What nightmare for the homeowner.......... I wonder why he wasn't charged with att. murder for shooting at the officers.


Great job by the US Marshals! Thankfully no one was seriously injured. In cases such as this, should he be extradited to Ohio to face the initial charges or stay in W. Va for the most recent string of crimes and answer to those first?