NICHOLAS CO., WV (NEWS RELEASE) – Sgt. M. Z. Deitz initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Mt. Lookout Rd. area of Nicholas County during the evening hours of Wednesday August 16th 2017. While attempting to stop the subject, he rammed the officer fleeing driving though several citizens property causing damage before crashing into a tree. The subject then fled on foot into the a wooded area. Sgt. M. Z. Deitz deployed K-9 Keti to track, after a brief period of tracking through dense terrain Sgt. Deitz requested assistance of the closest available Bloodhound. Raleigh County Sheriff Department sent a K-9 officer with a Bloodhound tracking the subject deeper into the wooded area locating objects left behind by the suspect.
The Nicholas County 911 received a tip stating the subject had forced entry into the citizens residence though a basement door and he had just left. Officers responded to the residence locating items left behind inside. A K-9 was then deployed to the location but lost the track. Officers identified the suspect as Robert Steven Hicks DOB 9/07/1970 of Fayette County.
In the early morning hours of Thursday August 17th 2017 officers executed a search warrant at separate residence believed to be in connection with the subject. Hicks had been staying for sometime at the residence. Officers located approximately 73oz of Cocaine, 4.5 grams of Methamphetamine, Marijuana as well as some pills. While executing the search a citizen called 911 stating a suspect showed up at their residence wanting a ride and her husband gave him a ride. The citizen not knowing what was going on took him to the residence of search to drop him off. Upon pulling in and seeing the cruisers the subject jumped out and fled on foot again.
Nicholas County Sheriff William F. Nunley Requested the State Police Aviation Unit to assist with the search for Hicks. While the helicopter was canvassing the area, Hicks ran out of a wooded area attempting to tackle officers. The subject resisted numerous officers attempting to get Hicks into custody. Deputy G. Auxier transported the subject to the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department. While transporting Hicks he kicked a side glass out of the cruiser causing officers to pull over to further restrain Hicks. This is ongoing and remains under investigation by the Nicholas County Sheriff’s office.
Sheriff William F. Nunley would like to thank Raleigh County Sheriff Department, Richwood Police Department, Summersville Police Department and the WV State Police for their assistance with the search and investigation.