Youth pastor case - warrant issued

October 07, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

An arrest warrant has been issued for a woman accused of hitting a youth pastor with her car Monday afternoon and then driving more than 2 miles with him on her hood.

A warrant was issued charging Patty Jane Moore of Falling Waters, W.Va., with one felony count of malicious wounding. She had not been picked up on the warrant Saturday evening although West Virginia State Police Trooper R.T. Dyroff, who is investigating the case, said he thinks he knows where Moore is.

The incident began Monday when Moore came into the Marlowe Assembly of God church and demanded that her past six years' worth of tithes be returned to her or that the church pay her son's mortgage, Dyroff said.


After a pastor told Moore that was impossible, she threatened him and left, slamming the door behind her, police said. Youth pastor Matthew Daniel Barnes, 21, told police that later that day he saw Moore pouring soda on the pastor's truck and in his gas tank.

When Barnes went outside to confront the woman, she allegedly swerved her car onto the church lawn and came toward him. Barnes had placed his hands in the air motioning for Moore to stop, and then tried to get out of her way, Dyroff said.

Moore allegedly hit Barnes and turned onto U.S. 11 heading toward Washington County as Barnes lay face-down on the hood.

Two people driving in the opposite direction on U.S. 11 told police they saw a man on top of a gray mid-sized sedan who fell off, landed on the pavement and rolled into a ditch. Barnes was airlifted to Washington Hospital Center in Washington for treatment of his injuries, which included a concussion. He has since been released.

Barnes spoke with police at the church Thursday and said that after he was thrown onto the hood, Moore slowed down and sped up several times along U.S. 11, a two-lane road, apparently trying to get him off her car. Moore then slammed on her brakes and may have turned to the left, causing Barnes to fall off, Barnes told police.

At the church, police found tire tracks in the lawn, damage to the pastor's car, flowers torn from a flower bed and a broken window, police said.

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