The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

May 15, 2014

Man allegedly threatens neighbors with gun; runs from police

A Raleigh County man was arrested Tuesday following a dispute with his live-in girlfriend and complaints from neighbors that he had made death threats, police said.

Tuesday evening at about 7:30 p.m., West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.L. Howell responded to a call in Dry Creek on W.Va. 3 in Raleigh County. According to the criminal complaint, 30-year-old Barry Granville Wiley Jr. had threatened to kill several neighbors while brandishing a pistol.

When Howell arrived, Wiley was in a black truck with his girlfriend, Arron Pendleton. After seeing the police cruiser, Wiley, jumped from the truck and ran to his home. Howell chased Wiley through the house where he escaped out the back door. The criminal complaint also indicated that, after a quick search, Howell was able to locate a loaded 12-gauge shotgun on a bed.

The officer then contacted a towing company to have Wiley’s truck towed. As the officer was searching for the suspect, Wiley had circled around and pulled a black pistol on two tow truck drivers. Wiley threatened to kill them both on the spot, then ran toward the house, police said.

Howell was able to take Wiley into custody soon after with assistance from other state troopers.

According to a separate complaint, an officer had responded to the home Sunday after neighbors had witnessed Wiley striking Pendleton. When Trooper C.L. Mollohan arrived, the accused fled into the woods and the officer did not follow him due to the hazard of pursuing the suspect in the dark.

After the officer left, the neighbors were threatened by Wiley that they would be killed if they called the police again, the complaint said.

Wiley is charged with four counts of wanton endangerment, trespassing, terroristic threats, public intoxication, domestic battery, obstructing/resisting, two counts of fleeing on foot, four counts of brandishing and eight counts of assault. Barry was taken to Southern Regional Jail. His bond was set at $20,000.

— E-mail: cboyd@register-herald.com

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