Valley Head man apprehended after September gun incident


ELKINS – A Randolph County man is behind bars after allegedly pointing a gun at numerous juveniles.

Charles Rusty Stanley, 34, of Valley Head, is charged with one felony count of wanton endangerment involving a firearm. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on Sept. 17, Sgt. B.A. Talkington, of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, received a call from a female who advised three juveniles went to Stanley’s residence to pick up another juvenile.

While at the home, there was a disagreement regarding a cell phone, prompting Stanley to point a gun at the juveniles, the complaint states.

Stanley then tossed the gun onto the couch and choked one of the alleged victims. Two of the other alleged victims attempted to stop Stanley but he “hit (one alleged victim) in the mouth” and pushed another.

At that time, the juveniles went to their grandfather’s residence. Stanley came to the grandfather’s home and threatened to pull a knife on the alleged victims, according to the complaint.

After the altercation, Stanley “ran across the road into the woods.” The alleged victims said they then heard approximately 11 shots fired from the wooded area, the complaint states.

Stanley “eluded law enforcement on several attempts to serve a warrant” but was apprehended on Wednesday, according to a press release from the RCSO.

The release states he was discovered at his residence but would not cooperate with deputies and barricaded himself inside the residence.

The West Virginia State Police, Elkins City Police Department Tactical Response Unit, West Virginia Division of Corrections Special Operations and Randolph County EMS assisted in the execution of the warrant.

“Through the collaboration and assistance of all agencies, Stanley was able to be located and apprehended hiding in the attic area of the residence,” the release generated by Randolph County Sheriff Mark T. Brady states. “The investigation continues and additional charges could be forthcoming.”

If convicted on the wanton endangerment charge, Stanley could be sentenced to not less than one nor more than five years in the state penitentiary. Or, at the discretion of the court, sentenced to jail for not more than one year, fined not less than $250 or more than $2,500, or both.