Robbery Puts School on Lockdown

Officials temporarily locked down McNinch Primary School in Moundsville on Tuesday after a robbery was reported at a nearby home.

Moundsville police received a call at 10:21 a.m. reporting that several males had just robbed a house on Ohio Street.

The suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts, one blue and the other gray. Some reports indicated there may have been as many as four males involved in the crime.

According to Marshall County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Kevin Cecil, the Moundsville Police Department called in the sheriff’s department and West Virginia State Police for backup in apprehending the suspects. Cecil captured one of them himself, while city police caught another.

According to Moundsville police Lt. Jeff Murray, the police received a report of people crawling out of a window at 2207 Ohio St. He said he saw two suspects running from the area, and he was among the officers in pursuit.

Two men were arrested – John Braxton Gonchoff, 19, and Larry Eddy, 18. Both are being held at the Northern Regional Jail on $5,000 bond.

Gonchoff reportedly was caught carrying several stolen objects from the house on his person.

The victim of the robbery was Silas Gray Sr., who said he knew the men who committed the crime.

The investigation regarding additional suspects and the location of other stolen property is ongoing. Anyone with information related to the robbery is encouraged to contact the Moundsville Police Department.

After the two suspects were caught, the lockdown of McNinch Primary School ended and classes returned to normal.