"Ninja" Tommy Lee Arrested

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man who took off from police after he and wheelchair bound wife and 9 malnourished dogs were found staying at a rental storage facility in Milton has been arrested.

“Ninja" Tommy Lee, 44, of South Charleston was arrested just before 10:30 Saturday night as he tried to check into the City Mission in Huntington.

The owner of the facility in Milton called police Thursday night after she discover the couple and the dogs were staying there.

Police say when the owner confronted the man; he took a combative stance, saying he was a martial arts expert.

When police showed up, they say he took off running into the woods holding two dogs under his arms.

Police searched for hours, but a K-9 unit lost Lee's scent by the Mud River.

Police say Lee had a business near South Charleston selling ninja supplies. His wife told police more recently he was hoping to sell ninja supplies at the Milton Flea Market.

Police say it appears the couple had been staying at the storage facility about a week.

His wife was taken in by Adult Protective Services.

The two dogs Lee ran off with were later found tied up behind the Milton Save-a-Lot.

All nine dogs are now at the Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter

Lee is charged with destruction of property, nine counts of cruelty to animals, and several other charges.

He is being held in the Western Regional Jail.

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