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Fayette County Sex Offender Arrested For Prowling A Woman’s Home

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FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A prowler complaint leads to an arrest near Ansted.

Last night deputies were dispatched to a home on Downey Ridge Road near Ansted regarding a complaint of prowlers near a home. Deputies discovered a male and female checking the property, which belongs to the females relatives.

Further investigation revealed that the male subject, Michael D. Ashmore (57 of Ansted) was wanted on an outstanding circuit court bench warrant for failing to register as a sex offender. Also, 2 firearms were located. Ashmore, being a convicted felon, was charged with 2 counts of the felony offense of Possession of Firearms by a Prohibited Person, in addition to the outstanding bench warrant. He was remanded to the Southern Regional Jail.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-3590, or through our Facebook page “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department,” or you can contact Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP. This incident remains under investigation by Deputy E.S. Pridemore of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Department disclaimer: All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. A criminal complaint is nothing more than a document that merely alleges a criminal charge.



Tyler Barker

Tyler is the Chief Meteorologist & Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. You can find him weekdays at 5, 6, and 11 pm on WOAY-TV. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com


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