Tennessee Man Arrested After Allegedly Following Woman in Marshall County

A call to police from residents concerned about a suspicious individual led to the arrest of a Tennessee man in front of the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

Around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Moundsville police responded to a call on Jefferson Avenue, where a man was seen following a woman who seemed to want nothing to do with him, according to police. At the site, officers encountered Steven Rickard of Paris, Tenn., whom Moundsville police Sgt. Steve Kosek said appeared to be intoxicated.

Conversation between Rickard and police allegedly turned combative, police said.

“We went there, confronted that male and tried to get some basic information,” Kosek said. “He was acting like he was high on something, hands in the pockets, wasn’t listening. He wouldn’t comply with anything officers asked him … so he ended up arrested and jailed. He was acting out of his mind, for sure.”

Rickard was taken to the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville and was charged with public intoxication and obstruction.

In an unrelated incident Monday, police also arrested a Glen Dale resident after a domestic disturbance believed to have started over social media.

After an argument Monday night, neighbors told police they had spoken to a woman who said her boyfriend, Erick Gonzales-Vasquez, 23, had hit her during an argument that began when she confronted him for communicating with another woman via Snapchat. During the fight, Vasquez reportedly took the woman’s purse and tossed its contents around the room and left. Shortly after, Vasquez allegedly struck the woman in the back, leaving marks.

Vasquez was placed under arrest and charged with domestic battery. He remained lodged at the NRJ Wednesday in lieu of $6,500 bail.