ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — An officer with the Elkins Police Department was arrested Thursday.
Willard Lewis, 29, of Beverly, was charged with kidnapping, domestic battery and domestic assault, according to his criminal complaint.
A call from the Lewis home was made to the Randolph County 911 Center. When the call was hung up, state police were sent to the home.
When troopers arrived, they found the front door open and no one home. They also found damage to the bedroom door, the complaint said.
Neighbors told the troopers that Lewis and his wife had left. State police began searching for the couple and found Mrs. Lewis at her grandmother’s home.
She told troopers that Lewis was belittling her and calling her names. When she went to the bedroom to get away from him, he kicked the door, she said. She then went to the bathroom to get away from him. When he threatened to kick that door down, she came out. He then grabbed her face and pushed her against the wall, elbowing her in the eye, court paperwork detailed.
She told Lewis that she wanted to leave, but he told her she “wasn’t leaving,” the complaint said. He then told her that she should go for a ride with him before the police arrived, the complaint went on to say.
Troopers noted a bruise under the victim’s right eye.
Lewis was taken to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he remains, with bail set at $20,000.
Lewis was immediately suspended from the Elkins Police Department, according to Chief H.R. White.
Administrative action against Lewis will depend on the outcome of Lewis’ legal proceedings and the Elkins Police Department’s own investigation, White said.
“Anytime this department responds to a call of this reported nature, we take the complaint very seriously and handle the incident with the tenacity it deserves, as domestic calls are potentially some of the most dangerous calls an officer will encounter in his or her career,” White said in a prepared statement.
White did not offer further comment.