Police capture stabbing suspect

PARKERSBURG – A Parkersburg man wanted for allegedly stabbing two people on Spring Street last week was arrested Monday by Wood County sheriff’s deputies.

Ira Blair Hyde, 54, of 1616 Spring St. is facing malicious wounding and grand larceny charges after allegedly stabbing his neighbors David Whitlock and Mary Alvarado following an argument on Spring Street early Thursday morning and later stealing a vehicle.

Hyde was found by Wood County sheriff’s deputies on West Virginia 31 around 2 p.m. Monday.

Parkersburg police and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department had been searching for Hyde for several days, said Chief Law Enforcement Deputy Shawn Graham with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. “The two departments have been working together on multiple investigations lately that have produced some good results,” Graham said.

A criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court last Thursday alleges Hyde began yelling at his neighbors from a window. Whitlock, 51, of 1614 Spring St. came out into the street to tell Hyde to stop yelling, officials said.

Hyde exited his residence, approached Whitlock and began swinging his arms while holding a knife, officials said. Whitlock was unarmed.

Police said Hyde stabbed Whitlock once in the chest. Alvarado, 51, of 1614 Spring St. was stabbed several times by Hyde after trying to stop the dispute, police said.

As the victims yelled for help, Hyde fled the area on foot, police said.

Whitlock and Alvarado are in stable condition at Camden Clark Medical Center.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Hyde without incident as a fugitive from justice, police said.

Hyde was arrested in the parking lot of the Golf Club of West Virginia after an off-duty sheriff’s deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description of a stolen vehicle from the Briarwood IGA at 12335 Emerson Ave. Sunday night, police said.

“(The department) is very proud of the job Deputy (R.A.) George did, being alert, paying attention,” Graham said.

George was on W.Va. 31 when he noticed the 2002 Ford Explorer that had been stolen at about 5:40 p.m. Sunday from the IGA. George was on duty that night and had written the report for the stolen SUV, Graham said.

The off-duty deputy notified dispatchers with the Wood County 911 Center he was following the stolen vehicle near the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Monday afternoon. George continued to follow the stolen vehicle in his personal car when he turned into the parking lot of the golf club, according to the police report.

George blocked the suspect in and detained him until deputies arrived, Graham said.

He helped Wood County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Allen take the suspect into custody, the report said.

Hyde was charged with one count of felony grand larceny and two felony malicious wounding charges in Wood County Magistrate Court Monday around 3:45 p.m., officials said.

After being taken into custody, Hyde told deputies he had stolen another vehicle, a 1995 Mazda Protege, around 10:58 a.m. Sunday off Swann Street in Parkersburg, officials said.

Parkersburg police detectives arrived on the scene to assist deputies Monday. Hyde informed officers of the location of the second stolen vehicle, police said.

The Protege was found along W.Va. 31 near Meredith Manor Monday night, police said.

Hyde did not post the $425,000 bond set by Magistrate Robin Waters Monday afternoon. He was confined on the charges. The second grand larceny incident is expected to be presented to a grand jury, officials said.

Hyde has been arrested on manslaughter, armed robbery, escape and fleeing while driving under the influence charges since the 1980s, police said.