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James David Heater
Courtesy of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

West Virginia Man Arrested In Lincoln County On Fugitive Warrant

42-year-old James David Heater of Huntington, West Virginia was arrested Friday (September 29) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state. Deputies arrested the suspect after receiving a tip from West Virginia regarding a location where the suspect was hiding.

After verifying the tip, deputies prepared to go to a residence in the 1300 block of Branton Drive in Iron Station in an attempt to find James David Heater. The tipster indicated that Heater was staying with a former cellmate from a past prison stint. Deputies, including a Drone Team were briefed a plan of action.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they surrounded the residence and encountered Heater underneath a vehicle in the driveway. After verifying his identification, officers pulled him from under the vehicle and placed him in custody. He was transported to the Lincoln County magistrate’s office where he was charged with being a fugitive from justice. The warrant from West Virginia lists him as an escapee.

Following the arrest, Heater was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a no bond hold and was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (October 2). While on the property deputies recovered a motorcycle stolen from Charlotte and two mopeds stolen from Gaston County and Lincolnton. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.