Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 6, 2014

Police seek 2 in attack, break-in

HEMPHILL — Troopers with the Welch detachment of the West Virginia State Police are attempting to locate two suspects who were allegedly involved in an incident that occurred late Friday night at a Hemphill residence.

The victim, a 25-year-old white male, told police that two black male subjects pushed through a screen door to gain entry to his residence. Once they gained entry, the victim said the intruders accused him of stealing the liquor they had been drinking. The intruders then allegedly broke the victim’s television set, broke the glass in his front window and beat him up, according to Trooper C.A. Dunn, of the Welch detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

“His nose looked to be badly injured, he had a big knot on his head and there was blood inside the house and on the front door,” Dunn said. “When I arrived on scene, saw the blood on an open door and the broken window, I didn’t know what I would find inside.”

Dunn said that he knocked on the door three times before the victim came to the door. The victim told Dunn that he contacted 911 after 11 p.m. and when paramedics arrived on the scene, “he refused to go to the hospital,” Dunn said. “He signed a refusal.”

Dunn said that he was responding to a call on the other side of the county, and did not hear the initial call. He said that the two other troopers on duty were making an arrest, so he was unaware of the call until early Saturday morning.

“The victim said he had heard the two males talking loud and making noise before they came into his residence,” Dunn said. “He was able to give me a first and last name on one of the suspects and the first name on the other. I spoke with the man’s neighbor who said she didn’t hear the glass breaking and didn’t hear anything else.”

Dunn said that the suspects “didn’t live right beside of him,” but that they were from the area. Dunn searched for the suspects part of the day on Saturday, but was unable to locate them. He said he planned to resume his investigation today.

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