Man’s hand nearly chopped off in alleged Ona home invasion

October 11, 2018
Cabell County sheriff's deputies and West Virginia State Police officers respond to the scene of a home invasion Tuesday in Ona.

ONA — A dispute between two men living in the same Ona neighborhood led to one of them having his hand nearly severed Tuesday morning.

Cabell County Sheriff’s Sgt. K.A. White II said that around 9:30 a.m. one of the men went to the other man’s residence and kicked the door in. The resident of the house, in the 3400 block of Blue Sulphur Garden Road, used a machete and nearly chopped off the hand of the suspect of the home invasion, White said.

“There was some sort of business transaction that we are not sure of all the details, but we don’t think it was a drug deal,” White said at the scene. “He went to the home to confront the guy and was told he wasn’t home. From what we can tell at this time, it appears he kicked in the door, advanced into the house toward the resident, and that is when he hit him in the hand with a machete. He also had a cut on his head and arm.”

White said the home invasion suspect ran to his mobile home across the road, leaving a trail of blood.

“There was lots of blood,” White said. “His hand was cut pretty bad, and he was also bleeding from his head and arm. He was transported to the hospital.”

White said the machete was taken into evidence and an investigation is ongoing.

“It appears at this point to be a case of self-defense, so we aren’t releasing the names of the men involved at this time due to the ongoing investigation,” he said. “We don’t know if anyone will be charged at this point.”

Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle said if the investigation concludes that the incident was a home invasion, the suspect would be facing charges.

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