The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

July 2, 2014

Attack in Beckley streets results in multiple injuries

Tire iron is alleged weapon

BECKLEY — A man was charged with a felony and string of misdemeanors Sunday after allegedly attacking his girlfriend and another man with a tire iron at a stoplight on Third Avenue in Beckley Thursday night.

Richard Steven Maniece, 20, was at Southern Regional Jail Tuesday on the felony charge of unlawful wounding and misdemeanor charges of domestic battery, battery, assault and brandishing a weapon.

The charges stem from a series of incidents that occurred at Clayton Street and Third Avenue, according to Beckley Police Department Cpl. T.M. Capehart.

In a criminal complaint filed in Raleigh County Magistrate Court, Capehart wrote that Maniece had gone to a Clayton Street residence Thursday evening to look for the victim, with whom he had reportedly had a romantic relationship.

Maniece had exited his vehicle holding a tire iron and had “ran down to find” the victim on the property.

When he was unable to find her, Capehart wrote, Maniece had then approached a woman at the house and told her he was looking for the girlfriend and “would f------ take care of her” when he found her.

He’d then raised the tire iron at the woman as if to strike her with it, Capehart stated.

Maniece left the house and located the girlfriend in a truck, paused at a stoplight on Third Avenue.

A male relative was driving the truck, and a second male was a passenger.

According to Capehart, Maniece pulled his vehicle in front of the truck, got out of his vehicle and began to walk toward the truck screaming profanities and brandishing the tire iron.

The male passenger got out of the truck and met Maniece. Maniece swung the tire iron, and the man punched him in the face, knocking Maniece to the ground. The tire iron barely hit the man on the head but left a wound, according to Capehart’s statement.

When Maniece was on the ground, the girlfriend got out of the car to “grab” her friend so that they could leave.

Maniece got to his feet and swung the tire iron at her. She was able to block the swing from making full contact with her head by raising her arm. The tire iron struck her arm and slightly struck her head, according to the report.

The woman’s arm was severely injured, and a family member took her to get medical treatment, according to the police report.

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

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