Court records: Man accused of trying to take vehicle in struggle with couple

Court records say Raymond Frederick Casto, 28, of Charleston is charged with burglary and attempted grand larceny of an auto. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

A Charleston woman who saw her husband struggling with a man who was trying to steal a vehicle from their garage struck the suspect in the back of the head with a metal object, court records said.

Charleston police were able to track down and arrest the suspect, Raymond Frederick Casto, 28, of Charleston, who crashed the vehicle into a fence and tree during the incident on Clay Avenue, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

The husband told police he was in his home Thursday when he heard the garage alarm. He said he went outside and noticed his garage door was locked, and he had not locked it yet. He said he beat on the door and heard his car start in the garage. When the garage door opened, he said, he saw a man in his vehicle.

The man said the driver’s window was open and he reached inside to try and stop the suspect. The vehicle went into reverse, and he said he turned the wheel to try and stop the suspect from taking the vehicle. The vehicle then struck a fence and a tree in the yard.

After the suspect pulled the car forward, a struggle between the suspect and the husband ensued, the complaint said. The man’s wife saw the struggle and came to the aid of her husband, striking the suspect in the back of the head with a metal object.

The husband said he chased the suspect on foot from Clay Avenue to the 1500 block of Seventh Avenue and saw him run into a residence.

Police said they were able to track down Casto at a home on Seventh Avenue. They said he attempted to escape out of a second-story window, but they ordered him to come out of the residence and he was taken into custody.

Casto is charged with attempted grand larceny and burglary. He is being held in the South Central Regional jail on $5,000 cash only bond.

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