Bloody suspect arrested in break-ins


By Owen Wells - [email protected]



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CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Following reports of a disturbance at the Best Western Hotel in Chapmanville and reports of two break-ins in the area, a man from Hamlin, W.Va. was arrested by Corporal Lee Preece of the Chapmanville Police Department.

Preece reports he was dispatched Logan County 911 to the Best Western concerning an intoxicated man causing a disturbance.

The man reportedly refused to stay in his room.

Upon his arrival, hotel staff reportedly informed Preece the man had left the building.

While searching for the man, Preece reports he received another dispatch for a 911 call concerning a break-in in progress along Shae Ave in Chapmanville.

Preece reports Deputies Johnson and Tucker of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the burglary scene but the suspect had again fled the scene.

The criminal complaint filed by Preece adds there was a large amount of blood in the apartment, so officers began to search for an injured suspect by tracking blood drops on the ground.

Preece, Johnson, and Tucker reportedly followed the blood drops across the road and down an alley near the old Workman’s IGA.

While following the blood drops, officers reportedly heard a women yelling for someone to get a gun.

Officers reportedly ran towards the women’s voice and reportedly found the women who stated a man had entered her home.

Preece, Johnson and Tucker reportedly surrounded the home and ordered the suspect to come out with his hands up.

The suspect eventually emerged from the home reportedly covered in blood and still badly bleeding.

The suspect, Bradley Allen Smith, 21, of Hamlin, was then arrested and send to Logan Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Smith is charged with two counts of nighttime burglary. His bail was set at $7,500.

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By Owen Wells

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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

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