Indiana Man Charged With Threats

MOUNDSVILLE — Police responding to a fight at a Moundsville bar ended up taking the alleged victim to jail when he refused to cooperate.

Around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Moundsville police were advised that five men were allegedly attacking a man outside Godfather’s bar. At the scene, Israel Chavez, 25 of Russiaville, Indiana, was found with blood on his arm and nose, but not seriously injured. Chavez allegedly told officers that he was OK and did not wish to pursue the matter, although he declined when police offered to drive him to his hotel.

Police said the bar had kicked him out and he was drunk. Because he couldn’t walk home in his drunken state and because he refused a ride to the hotel, they ended up charging Chavez with public intoxication.

Then Chavez made matters worse, police said. While they were arresting him, Chavez allegedly beat his head off the cruiser window and made threats about the arresting officer’s family. As a result, the officer charged him with terroristic threats, too. While public intoxication is a misdemeanor, the terroristic threats charge is a felony.

Chavez was released from Northern Regional Jail after posting $5,000 bond.

In an unrelated arrest later that night, Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance on Waynesburg Pike near Limestone. A couple at the scene told police they had returned home around 12:30 a.m. to see two people running through their yard while carrying an armload of clothes. Deputies chased down one of them and caught him in front of the Limestone general store.

Inside the residence, several items were described as missing from the bedrooms and laundry room. The man who was caught, Justin Koompa, 36, of Cameron, allegedly told police he was in the yard but had not entered the house.

Deputies charged Koompa with felony burglary. They took him to Northern Regional Jail, from where he was released after posted $10,000 bond.

Koompa has a preliminary hearing set Sept. 17 before Magistrate Tom Wood.


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