Monongalia County murder suspect captured in Pennsylvania after shoplifting attempt

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A suspect in a May murder in Monongalia County has been captured in Pennsylvania following a shoplifting attempt.

Arlo Whiteoak Romano

Arlo Romano, 42, of Morgantown, was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police troopers Monday night in Uniontown.

Trooper Kalee Barnhart, public information officer/community service officer with Troop B said at 7:35 p.m. Monday police responded to the Uniontown Walmart on a report of a man and woman stealing merchandise. Barnhart said the pair put the items back on the shelf and when questioned Romano gave police a fake name.

“We were able to identify that the male was providing a false ID,” Trooper Barnhart said. “He was transported back to the station where mobile ID was used that verified his identity.”

Romano is accused in the May 7 drug-related killing of Matt Moore, 46. Court documents say Romano and Cleotis Cortez-Paul Eppes, 42, of Harbor Woods, Michigan, shot Moore to death over “missing drugs.”

Eppes has been charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, felony conspiracy and first degree murder. Eppes is awaiting trial in the North Central Regional Jail.

Romano ran from police last week near the BFS store on Fairchance Road to the Birch Hollow area then to the Chestnut Ridge Park area.

The park was closed over the weekend as authorities searched for Romano. It is set to reopen Tuesday.

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