Authorities said Rocco Zuccaro may never have been caught Wednesday night if he didn’t leave without paying for merchandise.
After Rocco Zuccaro allegedly left the Jane Lew Truck Stop without paying for merchandise, employees sprung into action realizing this was the man authorities were looking for. They contacted the West Virginia State Police who eventually found Zuccaro hiding in tall grass near a natural gas facility in Harrison County, West Virginia.
Zuccaro is now behind bars at the North Central Regional Jail, but not for long. Brooke County Prosecutor Joe Barki said Zuccaro will be sent back to William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital for a mental evaluation.
“I have not yet seen the order or an order that reflects what exactly will happen under and what circumstances and how he will be held at Sharpe, but it’s my understanding from my research this morning that he will be sent back to Sharpe,” Barki said.
Zuccaro was arraigned by the Lewis County magistrate on his felony escape charge where bond was set at $200,000.
Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson commended the Elkins Detachment of the West Virginia State Police for their great work capturing Zuccaro.
“They did a wonderful job,” Jackson said. “They kept us apprised of every bit of information they had. We were very pleased with them; very proud of each and every one of the guys down there.”
Zuccaro’s preliminary hearing in Lewis County will take place within the next 10 days.