Man charged with kidnapping crashes while fleeing police with child in car

Bruce Allen Hargis
Bruce Allen Hargis

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Huntington man is in jail, after allegedly stabbing a man and kidnapping a woman and child in Mingo County, then crashing head-on into another car in Charleston.

Bruce Allen Hargis, 36, is accused of stabbing Shane Nelson three times at a home in Digness on Saturday, then pointing the knife at Nelson’s girlfriend and telling her she would drive him to Charleston or he would stab her too.

After driving him to Charleston, with her 7-month-old child in the back seat, the woman stopped to get gas, but Hargis allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat and took off, with the baby still in the car.

Charleston Police spotted Hargis driving on MacCorkle Avenue and began pursuing him. Police say Hargis then turned the wrong way onto 35th Street and crashed head-on into another vehicle.

Hargis was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. The baby was also taken to the hospital with a minor head wound.

Hargis is now charged with fleeing DUI, DUI with a minor, DUI causing injury and numerous traffic violations in Kanawha County. In Mingo County, he has been charged with kidnapping, armed robbery and malicious wounding.

He is being held in the South Central Regional Jail on a $50,000 full cash bond.