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William Swafford

BREEDEN, W.Va. - A Mingo County man was arrested Tuesday morning by the West Virginia State Police and charged with kidnapping, brandishing a deadly weapon, wanton endangerment and domestic assault and battery.

William Madison Swafford, 42, of Dingess, W.Va., displayed a pistol and fired several shots after leaving a domestic altercation at his girlfriend's residence in Breeden, according to the criminal complaint filed by Cpl. J.K. Harris and Senior Trooper M.J. Miller of the Logan detachment. Swafford allegedly threatened to kill the victim after obtaining a silver Taurus 9mm pistol, which matched the description of a weapon during a separate domestic incident in Logan.

After leaving the Breeden area in northern Mingo County, Swafford arrived at the residence of his wife in Williamson. Threatening violence toward her and her children, he kidnapped her, according to the police report. The victim was later located at a residence at Breeden, but she was hesitant to answer any questions from the troopers "due to her fear of the accused."

A review of Swafford's criminal history revealed he has had multiple felony convictions and is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm.

Mingo County Magistrate Donald Sansom arraigned Swafford and set a cash bond of $35,000. The defendant was incarcerated at the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden.

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