Two arrests were made in the Hinton area between September 15 and 16. According to the criminal complaints, one individual was arrested in relation to a stolen bicycle and another for assault on an officer, as well as other charges.
The first incident occurred on September 15. According to the criminal complaint, the victim noticed their High Plains Schwinn bicycle missing. The complaint goes on to say that, while on scene with the victim, the officer observed an individual identified as Robert Dean Thomas, 28, riding a bicycle that matched the description of the stolen one.
When the officer spoke with Thomas, he allegedly said he had borrowed the bike from someone else. The officer spoke with the person in question, who, according to the criminal complaint, stated that they had no knowledge of the bicycle or incident. Thomas was subsequently arrested. At the time of writing, Thomas remains in Southern Regional Jail on a $2,500 bond.
The second incident took place on September 16. The criminal complaint states that an officer observed an individual, identified as Steven Earl Angell, 31, walking down Summers Street. When the officer passed, Angell allegedly started shouting profanities and throwing his arms into the air. When the officer asked Angell what was wrong, he replied with a profane phrase and reportedly said, “shoot me.”
After several back-and-forth exchanges with Angell repeating the same phrase each time, Angell allegedly tried to flee on foot. According to the criminal complaint, when the officer caught Angell, he attempted to swing his left arm at the officer and spit in the officer’s face. At the time of writing, Angell remains in Southern Regional Jail on an $800 bond.