KERMIT – A Mingo County fugitive on the run for more than a month turned himself into authorities Monday.
Jeremiah Maynard, 37 from Kermit, has been charged with the felony offenses of malicious wounding and wanton endangerment.
The Mingo County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) had been actively pursuing Maynard since the crime was allegedly committed back on January 24.
While on the run, Maynard was active on social media and even posted taunting messages on the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page. In fact, Maynard even contacted a Williamson Daily News reporter via email last Friday. In the email, Maynard stated that the MCSO had violated the civil rights of him and his wife.
Several articles have run in the Williamson Daily News on the MCSO’s search for Maynard. At that time, officers were looking for any information that would lead to Maynard’s arrest and warned the public that the man was to be considered armed and dangerous.
Maynard’s wife Amber was also arrested on the date that the crime allegedly occurred and was charged with the felony offenses of wanton endangerment and conspiracy. According to a criminal complaint, Amber allegedly held the victim’s girlfriend at bay with a firearm while Jeremiah Maynard beat the victim with a pistol in the driveway of the victim’s residence. However, Amber Maynard’s charges were dismissed Tuesday at her hearing in Mingo County Magistrate Court.
A criminal complaint filed on Jeremiah Maynard states that on January 24, he hit a male victim in the face and head with a pistol.
While Maynard was allegedly beating the man with the pistol, the pistol fired upon impact with the man’s face. Maynard then allegedly put the gun in the man’s face and told the man that he would kill him and his family if he reported the incident to the police. Maynard then allegedly fired off several shots in the driveway and put the victim in his vehicle at gunpoint and ordered the victim to leave and go to work. The victim required several stitches to the right eye and brow area as a result of the beating.
Jeremiah Maynard is currently being lodged at the Southwestern Regional Jail located in Holden, W.Va. Maynard is currently listed as a pretrial felon and his bail has been set at $30,000 cash/surety.
With one fugitive now behind bars, the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that they are still seeking Brian Keith Hatfield. Hatfield has evaded law enforcement for more than a month.
Hatfield is wanted in connection to a burglary that allegedly occurred in the Lenore area on January 18. Hatfield has been accused of conspiring with Anthony Collins to rob a Lenore residence and has active felony warrants for his arrest. Collins was taken into custody for his alleged involvement in the robbery Friday, February 3. Hatfield is from the Williamson area and is thought to be Kentucky.
Anyone with any information concerning Hatfield’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the MCSO at 304-235-0300 or 911. Callers do have the option to remain anonymous.
Information in this article was obtained by use of criminal complaints which are public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)