Troopers release new details in murder suspect’s arrest

Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 3:07 PM EDT
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - STORY UPDATE: Tuesday, June 28 12:30 p.m.

More details have been released in the arrest of Arlo Whiteoak Romano.

Romano, 42, was taken into custody by the Pennsylvania State Police Troop B Uniontown after an attempted retail theft, according to a release from the Pennsylvania State Police.

State Police in Fayette County, PA were contacted at 7:35 p.m. Monday for reports of a retail theft in progress at a Walmart located in Uniontown.

When Troopers arrived, they encountered, detained and interviewed a man and woman inside of the store.

The man initially provided a false identification, but Troopers were able to use investigative techniques and a mobile ID scanner to identify him as Romano.

Authorities say Romano was also in possession of a stolen 1995 Honda Hawk motorcycle that had been stolen in Preston County.

Troopers also found drugs and paraphernalia on Romano when he was taken to the Uniontown State Police Barracks.

Romano is currently incarcerated in Fayette County Jail pending extradition back to West Virginia.

In addition to charges in West Virginia, Troopers said Romano will also face charges out of Pennsylvania.

UPDATE: Monday, June 27, 9:13 p.m.

Murder suspect Arlo Whiteoak Romano is now in custody, according to a Facebook post from the Monongalia County Parks & Recreation.

Officials say the Chestnut Ridge Park & Campground will return to normal operations tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28.

There will security patrol cover the park all week from dusk to dawn, even though parks and recreation officials say “it is not needed.”

ORIGINAL STORY: FRIDAY, June 24, 5:32 p.m.

Officers said there has been a recent confirmed sighting of Arlo Whiteoak Romano.

Authorities say Romano was last seen near the entrance of Chestnut Ridge Campground.

Officials say the county is closing the Chestnut Ridge Park, and deputies will be in the area.

Residents in the area are asked to keep vigilant and to keep homes and cars locked.

Romano is a white male, 5-10, approximately 175 lbs., last seen wearing a dark tee-shirt, dark shorts and has numerous tattoos on his arms.

Arlo Whiteoak Romano
Arlo Whiteoak Romano(Monongalia County Sheriff's Office)

Romano is believed to be on foot at this time and residents are urged to used caution if you come into contact or see Romano or anybody resembling him.

Residents are asked to call 911 immediately.

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