UPDATE: Pocahontas County landlord facing multiple charges after false report of hostage situation


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BARTOW, WV (WVNS) — 2/8/2021 10:46 a.m. UPDATE: New details are released on last Friday’s false report of a hostage situation.

According to court documents, Pocahontas County dispatchers notified West Virginia State Police that a man was reportedly holding two people hostage at a residence in the 7000 block of the Staunton Parkersburg Turnpike in Bartow. They said the caller, Steven Warner — who owns the residence — gave permission for any law enforcement to enter the property.

After they arrived, police entered the two-story residence and found two men and a woman inside. According to court documents, they were arrested “due to exigent circumstances.” When questioned by investigators, the three people denied being held against their will or being threatened in any way by other area residents. Police then cleared the scene.

Investigators later went to Warner’s home to gather more information. He answered the front door with a tire iron in one hand and a pipe wrench in the other, according to court documents. Investigators ordered Warner to drop the weapons and step out of the home. After doing so, Warner was patted down by troopers. Investigators found a small plastic bag containing a white powdery substance. Warner admitted the substance was methamphetamine, which he used that morning.

According to court documents, the three people said Warner was at their residence with a crowbar shortly after police left that evening. They told investigators he said one of them was “going to die.”

Warner was arrested and charged with False Reporting of an Emergency and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He is in jail with his bond set at $1,500.

BARTOW, WV (WBOY) — 2/5/2021 11:26 a.m. UPDATE: A reported hostage situation in Pocahontas County has been confirmed as false by the West Virginia State Police.

According to a West Virginia State Police spokesperson, the situation was a false report by a landlord in the Bartow area “to try to get renters out.”

As a result of the false reporting, the individual who reported the false hostage situation has been arrested.

BARTOW, WV (WBOY) — 2/5/2021 11:05 a.m. UPDATE: The reported hostage situation in Pocahantas County has been resolved.

According to the West Virginia State Police there has been one arrest made, but no further details are available at this time.

BARTOW, WV (WVNS) — 2/5/2021 9:20 a.m. ORIGINAL STORY: Multiple agencies, including West Virginia State Police, are responding to a hostage situation in Pocahontas County.

Dispatchers said the scene is near the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike, also known as U.S. 250, in the Bartow area. They first received the call at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Dispatchers confirmed the scene is still “active and ongoing” as of 9 a.m.

Further details are limited at this time, so stick with 59News as we continue to follow this story.

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