MCDOWELL COUNTY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A murder suspect out of McDowell County, WV, has been arrested in North Carolina.
On May 5th, 2023, in the Pender County area of North Carolina, a 911 call was received regarding a suspicious person, and the caller felt the subject was a fugitive being sought by the U.S. Marshall’s Service.
We understand that when Stout was met by Deputies from the Pender County Sheriff’s Department, he attempted to elude them but was captured.
Stout now awaits extradition back to our jurisdiction.
The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the U.S. Marshall’s Service, Crime Stoppers of West Virginia, The Pender County Sheriff’s Office, and any other Law Enforcement Agencies that have aided us in bringing Mr. Stout to justice.
Stout is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department for the first-degree murder of Barbara Baker, whose body was found April 1 in a vehicle on Beartown Branch Road in West Virginia.
The U.S. Marshals have announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to Stout’s arrest. Combined with the Crime Stoppers reward, this brings the total to $15,000.
Stout has a long history of violence and is very dangerous and manipulative. Investigators have developed information indicating Stout is likely exploiting the generosity of the religious community. He frequents predominantly black and Baptist churches and is likely representing himself as a handy man or a contractor who is down on his luck, stating his wife just died from cancer or was unfaithful to him. He then seeks financial support, which he uses to covertly aid his run from justice. He may also seek handyman work, which he is known to do.
Stout, 63, is a white man, stands 5 feet 7 inches and weighs approximately 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair, though he is mostly bald. His right arm and hand are noticeably scarred.
“The U.S. Marshals have made this a major case,” said Michael T. Baylous, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia. “That makes it a priority for us, and we will not stop until Mr. Stout is apprehended. We urge the public and especially the religious community to remain vigilant and be on the lookout for Stout, as he may be armed and should be considered dangerous due to his violent tendencies. If you see him, do not approach him, but contact law enforcement immediately.”
Stout was last seen in the area of Dillon County, South Carolina, on Interstate 95 north, and is believed to frequent the Jacksonville, Florida; Bristol, Tennessee; and the Kingsland, Georgia, areas.
Anyone with information on Stout’s current location is urged to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 1 (877) WANTED-2 or the USMS Southern District of West Virginia at (304) 347-5136.
Tips may be submitted via the USMS Tips App.
Tips can also be emailed to the CUFFED Task Force Tip Hotline at USMS88TIPS@usdoj.gov, or can be submitted at www.crimestopperswv.com