Area man charged in stabbing incident

IRELAND – A Philippi man is being held in Central Regional Jail after being accused of stabbing his girlfriend.

John Hull, 44, is charged with one felony count of malicious wounding and is being held on a $200,000 cash only bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Trooper J.M. Tallman and Sr. Trooper G.H. Jones of the West Virginia State Police responded to a radio dispatch on Millroy Road in Ireland Friday.

Upon arrival, the alleged victim advised the officers that “her boyfriend, John Hull, stabbed her in the arm after an argument and walked towards the cemetery,” and that she “obtained a gray in color box, belonging to Mr. Hull, and threw it in the woods near the church,” the complaint states.

The alleged victim told police the box contained “his keys and money inside.” She added that Hull “punched her, grabbed her by the throat and choked her,” according to the complaint.

Police began searching for Hull in the woods and he was discovered by Tallman and Jones “approximately 300 yards in the woods from the aforementioned residence.” Hull denied striking the alleged victim but said they were fighting about friends he had recently invited into the residence. Hull also told police she “stabbed herself,” the complaint states.

Jones obtained a written statement from the couple who lived at the residence, who stated “a female subject arrived at their residence advising them to call 911, she had been stabbed.” They said they had “observed Hall walk onto their property near the porch demanding to know where the money’ and ‘the keys’ were,” and kept “repeating ‘you know you did it, tell them you did it,'” according to the complaint.

An officer located the box in a wooded area, and inside police found “a large sum of money, three individually wrapped bags, believe (sic) to be methamphetamine, and Mr. Hull’s keys.” Jones also “counted $1,155 inside the gray box and $148 inside Mr. Hull’s wallet,” according to the complaint.