UPDATE (12/12/17 at 4:30 p.m.):

Upshur County deputies arrested Robert “RJ” Beam, Jr. Monday night after multiple high-speed chases within the last week.

Beam was wanted for escaping home confinement in Lewis County and for multiple chases in Upshur and Barbour counties, deputies said.

Monday night’s arrest was made without incident, deputies said.

UPDATE (9/15/17 9:45 p.m.):

State Police and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department arrested Robert “RJ” Beam, Jr., of Buckhannon, on Friday evening. 

Beam was wanted on four warrants, including fleeing a vehicle with reckless indifference in Lewis County in August, as well as a traffic violation in Richie County. 

He was also involved in a shots fired complaint in Harrison County back in July. 

State Police said they arrested Beam around 6 p.m. Friday at a private residence between Grafton and Pruntytown without incident. 


Authorities in Lewis County are searching for a man that they consider armed and dangerous.

On Tuesday, Lewis County sheriff’s deputies, Weston Police and West Virginia State Police engaged in a pursuit of a red Volkswagen Jetta with West Virginia registration 73J847, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect was identified as Robert “RJ” Beam, Jr., of Buckhannon. 

According to deputies, Beam has brown hair, stands six feet tall and weighs around 160 pounds. 

Beam was last seen in the Teter Crossing Road area in Buckhannon. 

Beam was also involved in a shots fired incident in Harrison County in July. 

Authorities ask the public to not approach Beam if they see him. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 304-269-8251.