Man arrested after allegedly breaking into Bridgeport woman’s residence

BRIDGEPORT — A Marshall County man is facing stalking and other charges after allegedly breaking into a woman’s residence outside of Bridgeport.

Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas said Johsua Cowan, 22, of Moundsville, was already facing domestic violence charges out of Marshall County related to this same woman.

“He was trying to contact her for several hours. He went over to her residence outside of Bridgeport and broke into her house and tried to locate her,” he said.

Lucas said the woman was able to hide and call 911 for help. Bridgeport police officers responded first and were able to capture the man. Deputies then arrived on scene and took him to the Belmont County Jail.

“He jumped off a porch,” Lucas said of the man trying to escape. “She is fine. The officers were able to get there quick enough.”

The incident occurred about 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

According to information from the Belmont County Jail, charges against Cowan include retaliation, burglary, menacing by stalking, fugitive from justice and resisting arrest. His bonds total $30,750.

“He had his bond revoked on existing charges in Marshall County,” Lucas added.

Cowan is expected to face the existing Marshall County charges first before being brought back to Belmont County.

“It was good police work. … I want to thank Bridgeport for assisting,” Lucas said.


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