Mustard arrested

Sgt. J. Crigger and Lt. J.E. Hankins of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office arrest Brian Mustard, 50, of Springville, Va., in connection with a BOLO posted Thursday night. Mustard was wanted for malicious wounding, abduction and attempted arson.

BLUEFIELD, Va. — A Tazewell County man wanted on multiple charges relating to a domestic violence incident was arrested Friday afternoon near Lotito Park after being persuaded to come out of the woods.

Brian Mustard, 50, of Springville, Va. was wanted on charges including attempted arson, abduction and malicious wounding, according to Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt.

Deputies were dispatched to a Bailey Switch home in the Springville, Va. area about 1:30 a.m. after receiving a call about a domestic disturbance, Hieatt said.

“What resulted is that three felony warrants were taken on Brian Mustard,” he stated. “Attempted arson, abduction and malicious wounding.”

Hieatt said the female victim was not actually taken anywhere, but an abduction charge still applied.

EMS personnel were dispatched to the scene, but the woman “at this time is OK,” Hieatt stated.

Sgt. J. Crigger and Lt. J.E. Hankins with the sheriff’s office were searching for Mustard and located him near the Bluefield city park. Both Crigger and Hankins are also part of the U.S. Marshals Task Force.

“They’ve been sworn in to the Marshals Service and can cross state lines,” Hieatt said.

Hankins said later they were inside Tazewell County when the arrest took place. Mustard was hiding in the nearby woods.

“I obtained a cellphone (number) for him and talked to him for roughly 20 minutes or so, which is always better than being in the woods looking for him,” Hankins stated. “He did the right thing and came and met us. He was arrested without incident and he’s been served with the warrants.”

Mustard was transported back to Tazewell County to be arraigned before a magistrate. He is being held without bond at the Tazewell Regional Jail.

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