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UPDATE: Pastor Beaten by Intruder; Suspect Arrested

By: Brooks Jarosz, Alex Snyder Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, Alex Snyder Email

UPDATE 11/24/12 @ 5:45 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) – A pastor is thankful to be alive after he and his wife returned to their home in Marmet never to imagine what and who they would find.

Pastor Charles Watson noticed something wasn’t right. As he walked upstairs he told police he was hit across the face by an intruder with a long wooden club

Police say that intruder was Charles Galloway, 20, of Charleston, who Watson had helped in the past.

"Well I walked over to the preacher's house, you know, due to concern,” said Meadows.

Watson told police he was beaten about a half dozen times across his face and forearm before Galloway ran back downstairs and out the basement door he had broken into.

A neighbor says he saw him run from a gate at Watson’s house to an alley next to her parents’ house with a dog nipping at his heels.

"Well, my daughter saw they guy walking with a weapon. She said that he went through the walkway of the apartments and was carrying a stick or something," said Meadows.

The police showed up right away as neighbors poked around for the stick used in the attack.

"And then I found the weapon in the alley -- it had blood on it," said Meadows.

Watson was taken to the hospital with cuts to his face and head, a broken bone near his eye and possibly a broken arm. He has since been released.

Galloway is at the South Central Regional Jail after being charged with burglary malicious wounding and fleeing. He's being held on $25,000 cash-only bond.

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ORIGINAL STORY
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An accused intruder has been captured after police say he broke into a pastor's home and beat him.

Police arrested Charles Galloway, 20, of Charleston and charged him with daytime burglary and malicious wounding.

Detectives tell WSAZ.com Pastor Charles Watson and his wife returned to their home Friday and noticed things were out of place. Watson told police their dog was behaving unusually.

Police say Galloway broke in through the basement entrance door and Pastor Watson noticed that door leading upstairs was left open. He told police he went upstairs to check on things when he was struck in the face by Galloway nearly five times with a large wooden stick.

Watson tried to fight back but suffered several injuries, according to the criminal complaint. He was taken to CAMC General, but has since been released. His wife was not hurt.

The pastor and his wife are not staying at their home, according to neighbors.

Galloway is in the South Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond.

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