Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 14, 2014

Man arraigned after ax attack

GARY — A McDowell County man was arraigned Sunday afternoon in McDowell County magistrate court on charges stemming from an ax attack on a vehicle and its passengers late Saturday night.

1 Starr Dalton, 29, of Gary, appeared before Magistrate Steve Cox answering to two felony and three misdemeanor charges. The charges arose from an ax attack on a Dodge sedan at a railroad grade crossing near the Gary Bantam Market, according to Senior Trooper J.R. Coburn of the Welch Detachment, West Virginia State Police.

“Mr. Dalton apparently had a prior history of a dispute with the victim,” Coburn said. “He started striking the vehicle with a one-blade ax, and broke out all of the windows in the vehicle. The ax struck a male teenager in the head when it came through one of the back window glasses.” Coburn said the attack occurred sometime between 10 and 11 p.m. Saturday night.

According to Coburn, Troopers J.C. Mann and R.W. Justice, also of the Welch Detachment, arrived on the scene first. Coburn said he had just finished an investigation in Bradshaw and was on his way back to the detachment when he heard the call and diverted to Gary. Coburn said he did not know the extent of the injury the teenager suffered.

The suspect fled the scene on foot, but Mann and Justice were able to track him down after a short pursuit and take him into custody.

Cox arraigned Dalton on felony charges including one count of malicious wounding and one count of destruction of property as well as three misdemeanor charges including two assault charges and one battery charge. Dalton was remanded on a $25,000 all cash bond or bail and was being held Sunday evening at McDowell County Jail.

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