One of two inmates who escaped last week from the Cumberland, Md., jail was arrested late Sunday in Romney, W.Va., and authorities say the man's capture has provided new leads in the search for the second escapee and a woman prison guard believed to be romantically linked to him.
James V. Barnes, 35, of Romney, was captured about 11 p.m. in the summer home of a Baltimore couple, West Virginia State Police Cpl. E.E. Bolyard said. Barnes had been sentenced to 50 years in prison in Virginia for rape, kidnapping and robbery and was awaiting trial in Maryland on charges of rape, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.
Barnes and Edgar Eugene Kerns Jr., 30, who had been awaiting sentencing on grand larceny and bad-check convictions, escaped from their maximum-security cells at the Allegany County Detention Center at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Another prison guard watched them take guard Sandra Kay Beeman with them, placing a choke hold on her.
At first, authorities regarded Beeman as a hostage. Then, on Saturday, the 46-year-old former beautician telephoned her 21-year-old daughter in Frostburg, Md., to tell her: "I'm fine. I'm with him."