POINT PLEASANT — Initially reported as a robbery call at Tattoo Jimmy’s on Jackson Ave., officers with the City of Point Pleasant Police Department (PPPD) ended up responding to what they say was an alleged assault on Tuesday afternoon, resulting in the arrest of two men from Meigs County, Ohio.
Brewce W. Martin, 46, and Paul S. Searls, 33, both of Rutland, Ohio, have been charged with malicious wounding, a felony, in the incident.
According to the PPPD, upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered the owner of the tattoo shop, Jimmy Murphy, had been assaulted, allegedly by Martin and Searls, who had already left the scene. Officers say Martin, Searls and Murphy were all acquaintances, and on Tuesday, an argument occurred between the three men that resulted in Murphy being physically assaulted.
The PPPD placed a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) alert describing the vehicle carrying Martin and Searls, which was later stopped north of Point Pleasant by a trooper from the Mason County Post of the West Virginia State Police. Martin and Searls were then transported to the PPPD where they were questioned, arrested and later transported to the Western Regional Jail.
While in custody at the PPPD, Martin told the Point Pleasant Register there was no robbery, and he was at the tattoo shop to retrieve items that belonged to his son. Martin had already been transported to jail once it was announced he was being charged with malicious wounding and was therefore unavailable for comment on this matter at press time.
Martin is best known for his skate park, Skatopia, located in Rutland Township, Ohio, which has been featured on MTV, Rolling Stone Magazine, Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 video game and the independent film, “Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy.”
Both Martin and Searls appeared in Mason County Magistrate Court Wednesday where their bonds were set at $20,000 respectively. Both men remained in the Western Regional Jail as of Wednesday afternoon.