UPDATE: Man charged in violent home invasion

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CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 2/8/19 @ 5:20 p.m.
A man arrested Thursday night in connection with a violent home invasion in Huntington has officially been charged in that case, Cabell County court records show.

Geoffrey Nichols, 41, of Huntington, is charged with burglary, malicious wounding and strangulation. The incident happened Wednesday along West Pea Ridge Road and involved a woman with special needs who was badly beaten. She has since been released from the hospital.

West Virginia State Police troopers managed to track down Nichols with only a description of a car that left the crime scene.

According to the criminal complaint, Nichols forced his way into the home with the intent of burglarizing it. He encountered the victim inside, struck her in the head and knocked her to the ground, the complaint says. He proceeded to place his hands around the victim's neck, choke her and threatened to kill her -- asking if anyone else was in the home, the complaint states.

Nichols is in the Western Regional Jail. His bond on the charges, including previous theft charges, is $390,000. Bond on some of the charges is cash only.



UPDATE 2/7/19 @ 9:25 p.m.
A man suspected in a violent home invasion in the West Pea Ridge area of Huntington was arraigned Thursday night.

Geoffrey R. Nichols, 41, of Huntington, has not been charged specifically in connection with that incident, but is accused of stealing items and pawning them in January. Those specific charges include obtaining money, property and services by false pretenses, and receiving and transferring stolen goods.

With only having a description of the gray car that left after Wednesday's home invasion, West Virginia State Police troopers managed to track Nichols down. They say he's responsible for the beating of a woman with special needs inside her own home. That incident happened along West Pea Ridge Road.

The victim has since been released from the hospital.

Troopers say Nichols was just let out of prison about six months ago.



UPDATE 2/7/19 @ 6:43 p.m.
West Virginia State Police troopers have a suspect in custody in connection with a violent home invasion.

The arrest is in connection with a break-in at a house on West Pea Ridge Road Wednesday.

Investigators say the man hit a woman with special needs in the head several times and choked her.

No other information is available at this time.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 2/7/19 @ 11:30 a.m.
West Virginia State Police is following up on some leads in a case of a violent home invasion.

Troopers say a man broke into a house on West Pea Ridge Road around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A woman with special needs lives there with her mother, who's in her 90s. Troopers say the home invader attacked the daughter.

Sgt. B.K. Wellman says the man hit her in the head, choked her and threatened to kill her.

Troopers say they have been talking to members of the community since Wednesday afternoon in hopes of gathering more information that will lead to an arrest.

The attacker took off from the home without stealing anything, according to investigators.

If you have information about this incident, troopers are asking you to call them at the WVSP Huntington detachment at 304-528-5555.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 2/6/19 @ 10 p.m.
A home invasion took a violent turn that has neighbors more furious than afraid.

Troopers say a man broke into a house on West Pea Ridge Road around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

They say a woman with special needs lives there with her mother, who's in her 90s.

"It looked like he'd been walking around the house maybe looking into windows," Sgt. B.K. Wellman said. "I don't think he thought anybody was there."

Troopers say the home invader attacked the daughter.

Wellman says the man hit her in the head, choked her and threatened to kill her.

Then the attacker took off without stealing anything.

"I think he was scared when he located her," Wellman said. "After the assault took place, he fled the home."

State Police say the victim told them she didn't recognize the man who beat her.

The victim was taken to the hospital. We're told she was going to have to stay overnight Wednesday.

Darrell and Kay Wells live a couple houses over and are friends of the family.

"I'm so sorry for them," Darrell said. "Something had to be wrong with him. I can't help but think maybe he was on drugs."

"I hate cowardly people like that," Kay said.

State Police say the attacker left in a gray car. That's the extent of the description they have.

They're hoping tips from the public help point toward a suspect. You can call the WVSP Huntington detachment at 304-528-5555.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/6/19
West Virginia State Police troopers in Huntington are looking for a home invasion suspect who allegedly beat a woman with special needs.

It happened in the 4900 block of West Pea Ridge Road.

WVSP Sgt. B. K. Wellman says a man broke into the home around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The victim is an adult. Investigators say the man hit the woman in the head several times and choked her.

Wellman says the victim's mother, who is in her 90s, was there as well. The mother was not hurt.

After the man left, the victim was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center for treatment.

Troopers say the attacker was in a grey car. That is the extent of the description they have.

The woman told investigators they did not recognize the man.

As far as troopers know, the man did not take anything.

WVSP is asking anyone with information to come forward. You can call the Huntington detachment at (304) 528-5555.




 
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