BUCKHANNON — A 28-year-old Buckhannon resident remains incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail since his arrest on April 8, 2019. Matthew Brian Gooden was charged with felony domestic battery – third offense, felony nighttime burglary and fleeing from an officer following an incident at 17 Sedgewick Street last Monday.
According to the criminal complaints, Gooden was making threats to harm his girlfriend Brittany Hurst via text messages when he kicked the door in at her cousin Harold Murphy’s residence, in attempt to get to her to harm her. The approximate damage to the door and frame was $200.
Gooden subsequently struck Hurst, who was his girlfriend and cohabitating partner, in the face with his fists numerous times on Florida Street, per court documents. Hurst reportedly sustained a red, swollen mark underneath her left eye and complained of having hearing trouble in both ears, as well as pain on top of her head.
Further documentation said Gooden fled from Chief of Police Matthew Gregory through yards on both sides of North Florida Street while he was attempting to arrest the defendant for domestic battery. He was finally apprehended in a field just East of North Florida Street, according to the complaint.
The criminal complaint also said the defendant has two prior convictions for domestic battery in Marion County. If convicted on this third offense of domestic battery, Gooden faces one to five years in a state correctional facility or fined not more than $2,500, or both. The additional possible penalties he faces are not less than one nor more than 15 years in a state penitentiary for nighttime burglary and a fine of $50 to $500 and/or confined in jail not more than one year, or both on the charge of fleeing from an officer.
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bail in the amount of $50,000 cash or surety for the domestic battery third offense charge, $25,000 cash or surety for nighttime burglary and an additional $2,500 for the offense of fleeing from an officer. He currently remains at TVRJ and has a no-contact with the victim provision, should he post bond.