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Man arrested in break-in bid

December 5, 2012
By Katie Kuba - Senior Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

An Elkins man is free on bond after being arrested for allegedly trying to break into his mother's house.

Police arrested Darin Joseph Brooks, 24, for attempted nighttime burglary following an incident Sunday during which he allegedly attempted to break into his mother's residence, while his mother, his stepfather and his brother were inside. Brooks posted bond - which was set at $10,000 cash, property or surety - Monday.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office, Sgt. S.R. Judy and Patrolman C.G. Boatwright with the Elkins Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue in Elkins to handle an alleged domestic disturbance.

When Judy and Boatwright arrived at the residence, they made contact with three people inside - Carla Brooks, Darin Brooks' mother; Byron Nicholson, Darin Brooks' brother; and Earl Ward, Darin Brooks' stepfather.

Judy, the investigating officer, reported that he saw Carla Brooks "in obvious distress," lying on the floor unconscious, according to the complaint. Nicholson told police that his mother had suffered a panic attack and passed out while Darin Brooks was attempting to break into the house. Nicholson also informed officers that his mother and brother had been arguing intermittently since 7 a.m.

Nicholson said that shortly after he arrived at his mother's residence at 7:15 p.m. to check on her due to a medical condition, Darin Brooks began kicking the door, pounding on the exterior walls and throwing things at the house. He also said his brother "threatened to beat his (expletive)" and told police he believed his brother "would have hurt someone" had he gained entry to the residence, according to the complaint.

Ward, Darin Brooks' stepfather, said Carla Brooks told her son to leave, at which point he "went nuts," threw an object on the roof of the residence, kicked the doors and left. Boatwright and Trooper S.E. Hevener with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police searched the area for Darin Brooks and soon found him exiting his residence, which is also located on Harrison Avenue. He admitted to having been at his mother's residence and was then taken into custody.

Darin Brooks was released from jail Monday after making bond and is awaiting preliminary hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court. Randolph County EMS transported Carla Brooks to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.

The penalty for someone convicted of attempted nighttime burglary is one to 15 years in the state penitentiary.



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