NOLAN - A Nolan resident was abruptly awakened Saturday morning to the sight of two armed men inside his bedroom who began beating him so violently that he required immediate medical attention.
Marty Manns called Mingo County 911 shortly after 6 a.m. on Saturday to report the crime. Mingo County Sheriff’s Deputies E. Williams and M. Mounts responded to the complaint and found Manns bleeding profusely from a number of large lacerations to his head and face.
Manns relayed to the officers that two men, one armed with a steel pipe and the other with a handgun, had broken into the rear portion of his home and had beaten and robbed him. The victim stated that when they began beating him in the head with the weapons, he managed to get out of the bed and was trying to enter the living room when the perpetrator holding the pistol fired a warning shot into the ceiling. The men then robbed him of his billfold that held approximately $200 in cash and fled the scene.
Manns was transported to a local hospital where he received fifty-plus stitches to close the large lacerations he suffered on his head, forehead and chin. He was said to have multiple contusions and numerous hematomas from the injuries inflicted upon him.
The deputies investigating this case are searching for suspects and are not releasing their names at this time, but remain hopeful that arrests will occur in the near future.
The residents of the Nolan Community and those which surround it are urged to keep their doors and windows locked and to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.
“It’s better to call 911 and report suspicious activity and it turn out to be nothing than it is to not make the call and it be something serious,” stated Deputy Williams. “Everyone needs to pay attention to who belongs in their neighborhood and who doesn’t. Look out for each other, especially if you have neighbors who are elderly or who live alone since criminals see them as easy targets.”
If you have any information or knowledge concerning this violent home invasion and robbery, you are asked to contact Deputy Williams with the MCSCD at 304-235-0300. You may report the information on an anonymous basis. The officers do not need your name; they are only interested in what you know.