One arrested after stabbing

ELKINS – An Elkins man was arrested after allegedly stabbing another man at the Central School Apartments, police said.

James Wilson Falls III, 27, was charged with malicious or unlawful assault, a felony, after being arrested Friday. Randolph County Chief Magistrate Ben Shepler arraigned Falls, setting bond at $30,000 cash.

Falls was being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of presstime.

Police were dispatched to Central School Apartments Friday to respond to an altercation in the area, Elkins City Patrolman David E. Gidley II, the responding officer, wrote in the criminal complaint.

When Gidley arrived on scene, Falls advised him that he had been involved in an altercation with another man “who had allegedly stabbed him and then left the area,” according to the criminal complaint.

While Gidley was speaking to Falls, two women came out of the apartment across the hall and told the officer that Falls had come into their apartment and threatened them with a knife, the complaint states.

Falls reportedly “became extremely irate and started screaming” at the women, and when Gidley told him to calm down, Falls refused and cursed the officer, the police report states.

When Falls stepped toward Gidley “in an aggressive manner” and continued to resist the officer’s commands, Gidley subdued him in order to sort out the situation, according to the criminal complaint.

Another woman emerged from around the corner and advised there was “a male subject in her apartment ‘bleeding to death from a stab wound,'” Gidley wrote.

Falls said that he’d stabbed the man in question, so Gidley patted him down for weapons, finding none, according to the complaint.

At this point another patrolman came to assist Gidley, who told him to watch Falls while Gidley went to check on the other man, the report states. Gidley went into the apartment and found the alleged victim, Matthew Ray, “sitting at a kitchen table, with his leg elevated.” Gidley wrote that he observed “copious amounts of blood running to the floor.”

Ray told Gidley that Falls had stabbed him and was threatening people with a knife, according to the complaint. Ray said he was able to “get away and call for help,” the complaint states.

Gidley wrote that he then heard a voice yelling in the hallway and found the other patrolman and Falls wrestling on the floor over a “black military style knife.” Gidley was able to confiscate the knife, despite Falls’ threats which, according to the criminal complaint, were directed toward Gidley, the other officer, the women who reported to Gidley, other officers who arrived on scene and even the EMS personnel.

Ray was transported to Davis Memorial Hospital for treatment of a large stab wound to his left lower leg and two small puncture wounds to his abdomen, according to the complaint.

Contact Chad Clem by e-mail at