Separate incidents lead 3 into custody


From staff reports

PARKERSBURG — Attempted arson, strangulation and burglary situations brought three Parkersburg men into the custody over the weekend.

A man was arrested after he attempted to set fire to a placarded residence on Sunday, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Wood County Magistrate Court.

Dustin Eugene Wright, 35, 1725 Latrobe St., Parkersburg, was seen standing on the step of a residence on Latrobe Street and looking inside, the complaint said.

Law enforcement approached Wright and he was found with a lighter in his pocket but no cigarettes. Wright said he saw a man sleeping inside the porch and he “immediately became upset and advised that he could not get arrested because he was on parole for an arson charge,” the complaint said.

An officer saw smoke coming from two containers on the porch but did not see anyone inside. A different officer came to the scene and smelled smoke; two pans full of items were smoking and hot to the touch, according to the complaint.

“A stick-like item was sticking into one of the pans and was leaning up against the house,” the complaint said.

Wright is being charged with attempted arson and was being held at North Central Regional Jail on a $15,000 surety bond.

After a separate incident, Dallas Anthony DeVan, 25, 1948 Princeton St., Parkersburg, was arrested Saturday after he allegedly got into a physical altercation with a female victim, the complaint said.

The victim said DeVan was home from work on his break and he followed her into the bathroom while she was trying to get away from him, according to the complaint. DeVan forced the bathroom door open, the complaint said, took her phone and threw it down the stairs when she said she was going to call 911.

She said he forced her backward which caused her to fall over the side of the bathtub; he then placed his hands around her throat “with force,” causing her to choke, the complaint said.

After the incident, the complaint said DeVan returned to work. Officers saw redness under the victim’s chin “consistent with an injury caused by a hand,” the complaint said.

DeVan is being charged with strangulation and was released on a $20,000 surety bond.

Thursday, officers responded after a call reporting strangulation, leading to the arrest of Russell Walker, 51, 802 1/2 Camden Ave., Parkersburg, according to a criminal complaint.

Walker was seen walking down the stairs of the apartment complex with blood on his hands and clothing; he was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol, the complaint said.

The male victim said he was woken up from loud banging at the front door and that Walker “grabbed him by the front of the throat and began choking him,” the complaint said.

A witness, the victim’s girlfriend, said Walker was beating on the door and when the victim answered the door, he was “immediately attacked,” the complaint said.

The witness said Walker does not live in the apartment complex and that was screaming “your mother left me because of you and your boyfriend,” in reference to the victim, the complaint said.

Walker is being charged with burglary and strangulation and was released on a $10,000 surety bond.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.


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