Man arrested after woman held at gunpoint

John Ray Jr.
John Ray Jr.

TAYLORVILLE, W.Va. — The Mingo County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest, after a woman said she was held against her will at gunpoint.

John Ray Jr., 77, of Taylorville was arrested early Saturday morning.

The victim told deputies that she regularly helps Ray with his housework and medical issues, but on Saturday, he held a gun to her head and refused to let her leave. She also told officers that Ray slapped her, hit her in the head with a pipe, and repeated said he would kill her.

At one point, she said he fired the gun, but missed her.

Ray is being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail, in Holden.