Grafton Police Department makes arrest with help of K-9 units

GRAFTON—The Grafton Police Department called in K-9 Units from Pruntytown Correctional Facility to aid them in the search of a subject, following a call on Friday.

Richard Matthew Mooney, 30, of Grafton was arrested and charged with misdemeanor obstructing and fleeing an officer, after police officers were dispatched to a domestic call on Walnut Street.

According to the criminal complaint filed by a detective with the department, two officers were dispatched to the residence to handle a complaint that Mooney was attempting to tear up the home.

While officers were speaking to residents of the home, Mooney fled out the back door in an attempt to evade the officers. One of the officers saw the defendant take off, and ordered him to stop, but Mooney refused, running into a wooded area near the home.

The second officer pursued Mooney on foot, until he was ordered to stop.

The area was sectioned off and a transport officer was instructed to watch the residence. The report states that the officer saw Mooney attempt to reenter the home and yelled for him to stop, causing Mooney to flee once again.

Police Chief Robert Beltner directed officers to call out the Pruntytown Correctional K-9 units to help track Mooney.

Once the dogs arrived on scene, residents in the area advised officers that Mooney was seen going under a porch, attempting to hide from the officers.

While searching in the area for the defendant, an officer saw him and ordered him to stop running. Mooney gave in and stopped. He was taken into custody after almost two hours after first running from officers.

Mooney was transported to the Grafton Police Department where he was processed before being transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail. Mooney has since posted bond.

Additionally, a Grafton City Police officer arrested and charged 22-year-old Tristan Broc Schroeder, of Grafton, with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance-Heroin, following a call on Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, the officer was dispatched to a local pharmacy, after a complainant stated a male was passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the parking lot, with a syringe in his lap.

Upon his arrival, the officer noted the syringe laying in Schroeder’s lap. Schroeder admitted to the officer that he had taken heroin, and further admitted to having more in his possession.

A field test of the substance turned over by Schroeder revealed that it was heroin.

Schroeder was taken into custody and processed before being transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail to await arraignment. Once arraigned on his charges, Schroeder posted bond and was released.

Aaron Shayne Simpson, 22, of Grafton was also arrested by officers from the Grafton City Police Department. He was charged with misdemeanor driving while revoked, after a routine traffic stop on Maple Avenue, on Friday.

According to the criminal complaint, the officer noted a vehicle in which the occupants were not wearing seat belts, that had a head light and brake lights outs, and was being driven by Simpson.

Upon stopping the vehicle, the officer ran a routine check of Division of Motor Vehicle files for Simpson and learned that his license had been previously revoked for DUI.

Simpson was taken into custody and transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail where he is currently being held on a $5,000 cash-only bond.


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