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Deputies Say Man Arrested After Grabbing Sword, Threatening To Kill Girlfriend

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Reported: Jun. 25, 2014 9:11 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 25, 2014 12:36 PM EDT
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Sword Threat Arrest
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East Bank , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Kanawha County deputies said they arrested an East Bank man who allegedly fetched a sword, chased his girlfriend around the yard and rammed her vehicle with his pickup.

Dennie Lester, 59, was arrested after a disturbance call was reported to Metro 911 about 5 p.m. Tuesday on Gladys Avenue in East Bank, according to a news release from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the caller reported that Lester got into a verbal argument with his ex-wife, who is also his current girlfriend.

Deputies said Lester fetched a sword and reportedly threatened to kill his girlfriend, then himself. After chasing her around the lawn, he got into a pickup truck, rammed his girlfriend’s car, then fled the area, the release said. While trying to leave, deputies said, he struck another car in a head-on collision in a construction zone on Route 61.

The suspect then backed up and tried to flee again, but his vehicle got stuck on an embankment nearby. He was briefly held at the scene by other motorists. The suspect got away from the others and ran again. Deputies caught up with him as he was crawling on his hands and knees onto railroad tracks. The sword was located in his pickup truck after deputies arrived.

The release said Lester is currently being evaluated at an area hospital. Lester is under arrest. His charges will be announced after consultation with an assistant prosecuting



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