Second Erickson suspect arrested

PARKERSBURG – The second suspect wanted in the Erickson All-Sports Facility break-in was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at 36 Powell Apartments, Apt. 70, police said.

Alex Paul Brightwell, 20, last known address of 401 Pike St., St. Marys, was charged with breaking and entering after police said he and Aaron Matthew Powell, 20, of Parkersburg broke into the sports facility last Sunday.

Powell was arrested at a residence on Fourth Avenue in Parkersburg around 10:30 a.m. Monday.

A criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court alleges that Brightwell, along with Powell, entered the facility at 305 Erickson Blvd. in Parkersburg by forcing open the roller doors in the concession stand.

Officials said the two entered the concession stand area and removed items, including football equipment and food.

During the crime, substantial damage to the property occurred, including to metal roll-up windows, refrigerators, doors, cabinets and fire extinguishers, police said. The damage is expected to surpass $6,000, police said.

Brightwell was arraigned in magistrate court Tuesday night where he was given a $15,000 bond. His family was attempting to post his bail after his arraignment.

However, Brightwell did not post the bond and was awaiting transport to the North Central Regional Jail.

While being arraigned, Brightwell said he was planning to plead guilty.

Sgt. Greg Collins with the Parkersburg police said no other arrests are expected in the case.

The suspects were apprehended after extensive video surveillance at the sports facility was looked at by police Detective T.A. Davis and Don Brown, Wood County Board of Education safety coordinator, Collins said.

Powell remains incarcerated on a $16,000 bond at the regional jail.

If found guilty, the penalty for a felony breaking and entering charge is one to 10 years in jail.