'Ninja' Named Tommy Lee on the Run; 9 Malnourished Dogs Found in Storage Unit

MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man who claims to be a martial arts expert is on the run after he and his wife were found staying in a storage unit facility with nine malnourished dogs, Milton Police say.

Pictures show blood and feces on the floor of their unit.

"There's no air conditioning in there," Milton Police Cpl. Dean Bishop said. "They had very little food."

The owner of the facility called police Thursday night after they discovered a man and his wheelchair-bound wife and the dogs were staying there.

Police say, when confronted by the owner, the man 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 say the suspect's name is Tommy Lee.

"Just like the drummer from Motley Crue," Bishop said. "I thought it was a fake name."

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

Police say Lee is originally from Okinawa, Japan. They say he 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.

"I expect to run into all sorts of people and all kinds, but I never thought I'd be chasing, I guess what he claims to be a ninja, through the woods," Sgt. Kyle O'dell said.

On Tuesday, investigators say Lee smashed a rental truck into a Milton car wash, causing thousands of dollars in damage, and took off.

Police say when Tommy Lee is caught, he'll be charged with felony destruction of property, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license out of North Carolina, as well as animal cruelty.

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.

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


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