Richard Dwayne Hash, 49

Richard Dwayne Hash, 49, of Bluefield was arrested Thursday on charges including child abuse creating risk of injury and wanton endangerment involving a firearm.

PRINCETON — A Mercer County man has been jailed on a $50,000 bond for felony charges after allegedly brandishing a gun at people including a juvenile.

Richard Dwayne Hash, 49, of Bluefield was arrested Thursday on charges including child abuse creating risk of injury and wanton endangerment involving a firearm. The case began July 6 when Detective Sgt. K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department was notified about an upcoming forensic interview with a 13-year-old juvenile. This interview was conducted July 10 at the Child Protect Center in Princeton.

During the interview, the female juvenile said Hash struck her on more than one occasion, dragged her by her hair, and had pulled a gun on her recently, Adams said in his criminal complaint. The juvenile stated that Hash assaulted his wife by striking her with his fists and saw him pull a gun, threatening to kill her. The juvenile also said that Hash pointed the gun at her when she attempted to call 911, and threatened to kill her if she contacted the police before leaving the home.

Hash agreed to be interviewed by police, Adams said. He began his statement by denying all allegations, but did admit to pulling a firearm on one occasion and threatening to kill himself. He also admitted that he regularly carries a firearm on his side. Other members of the family interviewed by the police said Hash “was constantly pulling guns on the family members when he would get upset.”

Hash is being held at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Child abuse resulting in injury carries a prison term of one to five years, and wanton endangerment involving a firearm has a penalty of up to a year in jail.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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