TAYLOR COUNTY—Some area residents found themselves in trouble after run-ins with officers from the Grafton City Police Department recently.
George Joseph Cassell, 60, of Parkview, is being charge with felonious unlawful assault, conspiracy and wanton endangerment involving a firearm, after officers were alerted to a shots fired call on Walnut Street, in Grafton, on Monday.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Patrolman Andre Cosby, of the Grafton Police Department, when he arrived on scene, he found multiple individuals screaming and yelling.
Two individuals were reportedly inside a black Toyota truck and were instructed to stay in the vehicle, while the officer approached a green Toyota sedan to speak with a female. While speaking with the female subject, the younger of the two males, later identified as Chris Cassell fled from the scene.
The officer learned from the female that the black truck, driven by George Cassell had rammed her vehicle, pushing her from the end of Walnut Street to the 700 block of Pearl Street.
Another witness at the scene stated that she saw G. Cassell pass her in the truck after an altercation with his son, Chris Cassell, in which she claims he threatened to kill her while tapping on her vehicle’s window with a pistol.
She reported to the officer that G. Cassell allegedly drove passed her on Walnut Street and proceeded to Pearl Street, where he began ramming the green vehicle with his truck.
The officer was able to obtain camera footage of the incident, according to the complaint, and the footage was able to corroborate what victims at the scene had told officers.
Cosby notes in his report that the video footage clearly shows the truck driven by G. Cassell accelerated enough to cause smoke to roll and then he proceeded to ram into the female’s vehicle, pushing it forward.
It was also reported to the officer that a gun had been fired at the car while Cassell continued his attack. Cosby was able to recover two casings from a 40-caliber pistol, as well as one ejected 40-caliber round on the roadway.
On the victim’s vehicle, officers noted that they saw three bullet holes, but were unable to find the weapon at the scene. According to the complaint, G. Cassell said he and C. Cassell had pursued the victims because they believed they had broken into their house earlier that day.
G. Cassell was arrested and taken to the Grafton Police Department for further processing, before being transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he was held on a $25,000 bond.
Additionally, Corporal Paul Collins with the Grafton Police Department arrested and charged Edward Jacob Grinnan, 20, of Grafton, with felonious grand larceny, following an investigation stemming from an April 6 theft.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the Taylor County Magistrates Office, on that day, a female called the Harrison-Taylor County 911 Dispatch Center to report a stolen vehicle. She told the dispatcher that “Eddie” had taken her car from a residence on Walnut Street, sometime during the night.
She said that car had been left at the residence for another friend to use, who called and reported the vehicle missing in the early morning hours.
After obtaining the make, model, and registration of the vehicle, it was reported that the same vehicle had been involved in an accident in Shinnston, and law enforcement were still on scene.
An officer with the Shinnston Police Department contacted Collins to report that he had Grinnan in custody for suspicion of driving with under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Grinnan was apprehended on May 7 for his charges in Taylor County, and is currently being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $5,000 cash or surety bond.