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Man accused of assaulting officers, kidnapping

November 29, 2018

HUNTINGTON - A man is accused of holding a woman at gunpoint for several hours before she was able to call 911 and then assaulting police officers as he was apprehended Tuesday evening at a residence on Blankenship Road in Huntington.

Zachary Matthew Porter-Griggs, 29, was jailed at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities in Cabell County charged him with wanton endangerment, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, assault of a government representative or health care provider, battery on an officer, kidnapping, being a person prohibited from carrying a firearm and obstructing. Bail is $265,000.

According to the complaint, police were called to a domestic situation in which shots had been fired. The victim, a woman, later told police the suspect had allegedly held her against her will at gunpoint for several hours and took her cellphone to prevent her from calling for help. She said she eventually convinced him to take her to her parents’ house, and when she did not come back out, the suspect allegedly fired six shots.

The suspect was found sitting in a vehicle that belonged to the woman next to the residence. The suspect allegedly threw what was later discovered as two handguns from the vehicle as officers approached, and then refused to comply with verbal commands from officers to get on the ground, allegedly telling officers to shoot him.

When the suspect eventually complied, he allegedly became uncooperative as officers detained and attempted to search him. The complaint alleges the suspect spit on an officer and kicked several officers as they attempted to place him in the back of the police cruiser.

Police located $556 in cash, 26 Neurontin pills in three baggies, two baggies of suspected methamphetamine totaling 25 grams, one baggie of 2 grams of suspected marijuana, a glass pipe, digital scales, two iPhones and one unfired .40 caliber bullet. The two firearms thrown from the vehicle were an unloaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun and a Jimenez Arms .380 caliber handgun that had five unfired bullets. Police located six fired casings toward the back of the residence.

Porter-Griggs was known to officers as having prior felony convictions, the complaint states.

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