Police arrest second man in connection with violent break-in

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department arrested a second man in connection with a May 7 home invasion that turned violent and sent a Berkeley Springs man to the hospital with a skull fracture.

John Barber.

According to press release issued late Tuesday morning by Sheriff K.C. Bohrer, officers arrested Remington Colt Arnold, 30, on May 11 after spending several days trying to locate the suspect. Arnold is accused of breaking into a home in Berkeley Springs with John Barber, and assaulting residents of the home during the break-in. Barber was arrested the day of the incident by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, and an arrest warrant was issued for Arnold, who was identified by witnesses at the home.


Sheriff Bohrer announced on Tuesday that officers received information that Arnold was staying or living at a residence on Nebo Road in Great Cacapon. On Monday, several officers — Chief Walter, Capt. Tim Stapleton, Deputy Chris Roper, Deputy Richard Cook and Chief Tony Link of the Berkeley Springs Police Department went to the Nebo Road residence along with K-9 officer Ronan.

According to police, no one answered the door at the home, and Bohrer got a search warrant to enter the residence.

Remington Colt Arnold.

Police made a forced entry, instructed Arnold several time to surrender to officers, then deployed K-9 Ronan to locate Arnold.

The police dog found the suspect in the bathroom, said Bohrer. Arnold was bitten by the dog during the encounter. He got medical attention at the scene and then at War Memorial Hospital, the Sheriff said. An officer was also injured in the encounter, was taken for medical treatment and released.

Arnold is incarcerated at the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond on felony charges of armed robbery, assault during the commission of a felony, entering without breaking, malicious wounding and conspiracy with Barber to commit the crimes. Barber is also still incarcerated at the jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

The man injured in the break-in has been released from the hospital, the Sheriff said. Barber and Arnold are accused of coming into his home and striking him and his mother with a wooden axe handle during a physical altercation.