BUCKHANNON — A local man was jailed Monday afternoon on charges of domestic assault, destruction of property and petit larceny that occurred November 11. According to court documents, Nathaniel Vincent Day, age 33, allegedly broke into a Stoney Run residence with the intent to cause harm and steal firearms.
The criminal complaint said Officer John Tonkin responded to the residence regarding a destruction of property complaint. The victim and occupant of the residence said the accused entered his house and made his way into the bedroom, demanding money at approximately 7 a.m. The accused reportedly told the victim he owed an unknown person $100 for a drug transaction, but the victim refused to give Day any money.
As the victim made his way into the living room, the accused was reportedly standing with the victim’s Winchester Model 12 .12-gauge shotgun. The victim mentioned the shotgun came from his locked gun cabinet in the living room. In addition to having the shotgun, the accused had also allegedly removed nearly all the other firearms that were in the gun cabinet. Day then reportedly told the victim if he did not give him the money, he would “take care” of him as he held the shotgun in his hands.
The victim told Tonkin that he believed Day was under the influence of drugs during their interaction and was in fear for his physical safety. Day reportedly frequented the residence and the victim noted that he previously resided with him.
The victim further explained that the accused broke the window out of the exterior kitchen door upon his exit, and the officer did observe the damage. Day then reportedly fired the shotgun in the air as he was out in the driveway, before he finally took off in an orange Subaru Impreza, according to court documents. The shotgun was valued at an estimated $400 and the victim stated the entire door would need to be replaced at an estimated cost of $250.
Day was transported to Tygart Valley Regional Jail on Nov. 18, where he remains. If found guilty, Day could face confinement in jail not more than six months and/or fined not more than $100 for domestic assault; confined in jail not more than one year and/or fined not more than $500 for destruction of property; and confined in jail up to one year and/or fined not to exceed $2,500. Bond was set in the amount of $25,035.00 by Magistrate Mike Coffman. Day is to have absolutely no contact with the victim and must comply with random drug/alcohol testing upon release.