Psych evaluation ordered in hammer attack case

ELKINS – A psychological evaluation has been ordered for an Elkins man accused of attacking a woman with a hammer.

Larry Kent Arbogast, 38, is facing one felony count of malicious wounding. He was arrested on June 4 after the Elkins City Police responded to a call reporting a physical altercation on Lincoln Avenue in Elkins.

Arbogast’s defense attorney, Timothy Prentice, made a motion in Randolph County Magistrate Court Tuesday for Arbogast to undergo a psychological evaluation, and asked for the preliminary heating to be continued. Both motions were granted. Arbogast also agreed to waive the time frame for his preliminary hearing.

According to the criminal complaint, Patrolman M.J. Sigley of the Elkins Police Department was dispatched in reference to an alleged physical altercation.

Sigley was advised by E911 the female subject was at the Speedway gas station. Upon arrival, Sigley “noticed what appeared to be blood coming from the right side of the female subject’s head area,” the complaint states.

Randolph County EMS personnel responded to the scene to tend to the female subject. The woman told Sigley that “Larry struck her with a hammer,” and that the “incident occurred on Lincoln Avenue.” EMS workers took the female to Davis Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries, according to the complaint.

While in route to Lincoln Avenue, Sigley was advised by E911 that Arbogast was last seen “wearing a white in color shirt with blood stains (and) black in color shorts,” and that the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office had located Arbogast walking on West Main Street, according to the complaint.

Sigley then went to the Lincoln street residence, where he spoke with two male witnesses. The first said the incident occurred at his residence and “the hammer was still inside,” and that “the hammer was moved from where it was laying and that he witnessed what had occurred,” the complaint stated.

Sigley then reported to West Main Street, where Arbogast was detained, and noticed “a white in color shirt was lying on the ground beside Arbogast.” Sigley also wrote that Arbogast had “what appeared to be blood on him from what appeared to be lacerations.”

Sigley collected the shirt and transported Arbogast to DMC to be treated for his injuries. After his release from DMC, Arbogast was taken to Tygart Valley Regional Jail. Sigley was later advised by E911 the female was being transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Arbogast is currently housed at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond.

Also in Randolph County Magistrate Court Tuesday:

– Dorothy Ellen Metz, 61, of Athens, Ga., waived her right to a preliminary hearing in exchange for the state providing the defense with their early discovery information.

Metz is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. A request for bond modification was also made, which was declined by Magistrate Ben Shepler. Metz is currently housed at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

– Two felony counts of burgalry against Jason Samuel Chewning, 26, of Beverly, were dismissed without prejudice.