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Wanted man arrested on Grape Creek


SALYERSVILLE – A man wanted in relation to an alleged robbery and assault is now behind bars after more than two weeks on the run.

On Monday afternoon Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Bryan Tipton arrested Hoker Shane May, 32, of Horse Pen Road, Salyersville, on Grape Creek. 

May had been wanted since July 27, when Salyersville Police Department Jeremiah Watson was dispatched to the Dixie area of Salyersville, regarding a victim being assaulted and unclothed.

When Watson arrived, the victim was completely unclothed and lying under the bridge on Sugar Camp. The victim was reportedly very disoriented and confused, telling Watson two men came up to him at the park and started accusing him of signing a statement regarding a theft of knives against one of the men, according to the warrant.

The victim further stated that the two men took money from him, as well as his suboxone pills and his clothes and reported to Watson he thought he was going to be raped.
Watson reported in the warrant that the victim had several markings all over his body from what looked to have been some type of weapon, cuts and bruises, swelling to his jaw and above his temple, along with dried blood on his face. He was taken to Paul B. Hall Medical Center by ambulance for treatment.

After searching the area, Watson was unable to locate the men the victim had described and warrants were issued for their arrest.

Timothy M. Ward, 58, of Sugar Camp, was arrested in the IGA parking lot on August 1, and Hoker Shane May, 32, of Horse Pen, was arrested on August 12 on Grape Creek Road.

The two are facing the charges of first-degree robbery (Class B felony) and second-degree assault (Class C felony). At press time, both are still being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. 

Originally, Ward’s bond was set at $50,000 cash, but on Monday, August 12, it was set it at $10,000 surety, with the stipulation of having no contact with the victim. His preliminary hearing was reset to September 9 at 9 a.m.

May’s bond is set at $25,000 cash, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for August 14 at the Magoffin County Justice Center.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Heather Oney

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