An Upshur County man is facing an assault charge after police said he was involved in an altercation that left another man hospitalized.
On Tuesday, April 2, around 1:40 a.m., officers with the Buckhannon Police Department received a call about a fight on East Main Street in Buckhannon. Upon arriving on scene, a male witness told officers that they needed backup onside the residence and stated two men were inside “killing each other.”
Officers said they entered the residence and observed a puddle blood on the floor in the hallway. Officers then located Steven Arbogast, 38, of Buckhannon lying on the dining room floor in a confused state with bloody hands and socks, according to court documents. Police said they found another man, the victim, in the kitchen with his face completely covered in blood.
While trying to talk with Arbogast, officers said he tried to get up, at which point officers told him not to. Arbogast then swung at an officer before multiple officers took him to the ground. Arbogast refused to comply with officers’ orders to stop resisting and was very angry and combative. Arbogast was then arrested and placed into a police cruiser, according to police.
Officers then spoke with the witness, who stated Arbogast and the victim came over about 15 minutes prior with a 15-pack of beer. Police said the witness stated he went to the bathroom and when he came back, Arbogast was on top of the victim on the couch punching him in the face multiple times. Officers said the witness told Arbogast to stop or he was calling the police. The witness then stated that Arbogast did not stop, at which point he called police.
The victim from the altercation with Arbogast suffered a broken nose, black eye, deep cut to the forehead and several large knots around his face, according to court documents. Police said he was transported to St. Joeseph’s Hospital by EMS and was then transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Officers also said that Arbogast had no visible injuries.
Arbogast has been charged with malicious assault, according to court documents. He is currently being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail. His bail has been set at $50,000.