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State Police catch suspected car thief red-handed

On February 8, Braxton County 9-1-1 alerted Senior Trooper C.D. Harper of the Sutton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police of a complaint alleging that an individual was attempting to steal a vehicle on Gem Road. The Communications Center advised the officer that a single male suspect was in the car in the owner’s driveway and was being blocked in by a neighbor until authorities arrived.

Upon arrival, Trooper Harper encountered the neighbor on a side by side behind a blue in color Chevrolet Equinox occupied by a male individual. The officer identified the suspect as Jaremy Wayne Hudson, 43, of Charleston. The officer also observed that the driver’s side rear window had been broken.

Trooper Harper spoke to the owner of the car who told the officer that she had found Hudson seated in her vehicle which had been locked, with the rear window broken. She added that when she questioned the intruder as to why he was in her car, he waved a screwdriver at her in a threating manner which caused her to seek refuge at her neighbor’s house. The neighbor called 9-1-1 before blocking the suspect in the driveway.

Adjacent to the stolen car was a fire burning at the edge of the driveway believed to have been set by Hudson.

Hudson was arrested on charges of attempt to commit grand larceny and setting fire to lands of another.  He was arraigned before Braxton County Magistrate David Singleton. His bond was set at $10,000 cash only. Hudson remained incarcerated at the Central Regional Jail at press-time awaiting further court proceedings.