The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

July 1, 2014

Arrest made in connection with Beckley bar fight

Raleigh County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Beckley man after he allegedly injured another man with a screwdriver at a local bar early Sunday, according to officials.

Matthew Sean Toler, 33, is being held at Southern Regional Jail under $75,000 bond on a felony charge of malicious wounding.   

According to a criminal complaint filed in Raleigh Magistrate Court by Raleigh Sheriff’s Deputy R.A. Cox, police received a call just before 1 a.m. Sunday that a man had been stabbed with a screwdriver at Billie Joe’s Bar and Grill on North Eisenhower Drive in Beckley.

When Cox arrived, he saw that a Beckley officer had detained Toler in the bar parking lot. Toler and his girlfriend were seated in Toler’s Dodge Avenger, and Cox noted that Toler had blood on his clothing and that blood was “throughout the vehicle.”

Witnesses told Cox that Toler had stabbed the victim, another male, “several times” in the face and that they had broken up the altercation.

Both of the men and Toler’s girlfriend had been in the bar drinking prior to the altercation, said Cox.

“I asked Matthew for consent to search his (Avenger),” stated Cox. “He agreed to let law enforcement search the vehicle and signed a search consent form.

“I observed blood in the front of the vehicle and a double-sided screwdriver bit on the floor of the driver’s side front.”

The bit had blood on it, Cox noted.

He added that he could see the screwdriver handle “in plain view sight” in the girlfriend’s purse.

“Matthew stated that he was in a fight with (the victim) as he was sitting in his vehicle, and (the victim) was standing by his driver’s side window,” stated Cox.

The victim was taken to Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital for treatment, according to the complaint, but information on his condition was unavailable Monday.

—  E-mail: jfarrish@register-herald.com

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