Police: Intruder arrested in Vienna
VIENNA — Jacob Matthew Helmick-Williams, 23, of 41 Willowbrook Drive, Parkersburg, was arraigned by Wood County Magistrate Jody Purkey on a charge of nighttime burglary following an investigation by Vienna Police Department Tuesday.
The incidents causing an investigation started around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Vienna Police Chief Michael Pifer said. Officers responded to a report of a disorderly subject striking a vehicle at 2302 16th Ave., Pifer said in a press release.
Police spoke to residents who said someone damaged vehicles on the property.
While at 2302, officers received a report of a burglary in progress at 2304 16th Ave. where police responded and learned a suspect had entered the residence and fled prior to their arrival, Pifer said.
Officers then began canvassing the area to locate a suspect.
At about 5:30 a.m., police heard what they believed were gunshots fired nearby. They learned a suspect forcibly entered a residence at Forest Hills Drive and that the resident, armed with a firearm, had confronted the suspect inside the home and ordered the suspect outside, Pifer said.
Outside the Forest Hills Drive home, the intruder became confrontational with the resident, who fired a shot into the air, before fleeing, Pifer said.
The suspect fled, but police had a description of him. The Vienna Police dog and officers from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and Parkersburg Police Department also arrived on scene. Officers then canvassed the area, Pifer said.
At about 6:30 a.m. police located a man hiding inside of a vehicle at 2306 16th Ave. The suspect, taken into custody without incident, was identified as Helmick-Williams, Pifer said.
Pifer said the suspect faces one to15 years in prison on the felony burglary charge, and other charges are pending.
Helmick-Williams was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center for examination to determine medical clearance for incarceration, then arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court, Pifer said.
Helmick-Williams also was a fugitive wanted on a parole violation in West Virginia, Pifer said.
He is being held at the North Central Regional Jail on a $100,000 surety bond.
Helmick-Williams was charged in April with a count of malicious wounding after allegedly shooting his father, Jason Williams, but that case has since been dismissed due to lack of cooperation from the victim and witnesses, officials said.