Two people charged after FBI gate incident in Clarksburg

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A Grafton woman and a Fairmont man were charged Wednesday in connection with an incident that happened Tuesday at the FBI’s Clarksburg complex.

Samantha McDaniel, 25, was charged with felony possession of stolen property and is expected to also be charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents.

Oneil South, 45, was charged with fleeing with reckless indifference and grand larceny, both felony charges, according to court documents.

According to the criminal complaints, South was seen driving a red Chevy Cruze bearing North Carolina license plates near the FBI CJIS Division Visitors Center around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, while McDaniel was riding in the passenger seat.

When the car approached the gate to the Visitors Center, South was holding a “paraphernalia pipe” and was instructed to pull off to the side of the road, according to officers.

Instead, South “sped off” entering the CJIS Complex and was chased by several FBI police officers, according to the complaint.

South hit another vehicle, then drove toward the main building before turning down a gravel road and crashing down a hill, according to the complaint.

South then got out of the vehicle and ran into nearby woods, the criminal complaint alleges.
Authorities searched the vehicle and discovered McDaniel, according to the complaint.

A search found “more drug paraphernalia inside of the vehicle on both the driver and passenger sides, along with three cellphones,” according to the complaint.

Members of the Clarksburg and Bridgeport police departments and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene and assisted the FBI in the search for South, according to the complaint.

South was arrested by a member of the Bridgeport Police Department in the area of the Meadowbrook Water Tower around 9:30 a.m., according to the complaint. 

FBI Police officers later spoke with a woman who had rented the Chevy Cruze and parked it at United Hospital Center Monday evening, according to the complaint.

The woman left the rented vehicle in UHC’s parking lot while she went to pick up a recently purchased vehicle, according to the complaint.

When she was interviewed following her arrest, McDaniel was “very vague” about how the pair obtained the Chevy Cruze, according to the complaint.

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