State Police Responds To Violent Break-In, Attempted Murder

The West Virginia State Police responded to a call this morning in McDowell county that led troopers to a scene where there was an attempted murder.

One trooper arrived at a home on Bull Creek Road after receiving a call for burglary, but when he stepped into the house, and spoke with the owner, Ranee Hodges, he quickly found out that this was a violent disturbance. Ranee told Trooper Jared Tooper that her ex husband, Benjamin Hodges, broke into her home wearing a mask and armed with three knives, a stun gun, and brass knuckles. He then got into an argument severely hurting Ranee’s current boyfriend, Nathan Lester, who was transported to the Welch community hospital for treatment.

Benjamin Hodges was arrested and arraigned on charges of attempted murder, night time burglary, domestic assault, malicious wounding, false information to the state police and destruction of property. His bail is set at $250,000.

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