Man on bond in pursuit case captured again after accused of stealing vehicle, firing shots

Robert Goff appears in Kanawha County Magistrate Court Monday after he was accused of stealing a vehicle and firing off rounds with his child and wife inside the vehicle. (WCHS/WVAH)

A man out on bond after a multi-county pursuit about two weeks ago was captured again after deputies said he stole a minivan and fired off rounds with his wife and child in the vehicle.

Robert Lee Goff Jr., 33, of Charleston is charged with grand larceny and wanton endangerment after an incident Sunday night on Falcon Drive, deputies said. Goff also had warrants in Cabell County and for failure to appear in Kanawha County.

A deputy said he responded to a complaint about 9:20 p.m. about a stolen vehicle in the 3000 block of Falcon Drive. The owners of the vehicle said Goff fired a round at them as he stole the vehicle. The complaint said Goff had his wife and child in the vehicle with him during the incident. Goff's wife and child were later located, and his wife told authorities in a statement that Goff fired a round during the incident. The vehicle was identified as a minivan valued at more than $1,000.

In the November multi-county pursuit, Goff was charged with fleeing with reckless indifference, driving on a suspended license, no insurance and improper registration.

Deputies said they attempted a traffic stop on Goff's vehicle on Charleston's West Side early Nov. 27 after discovering the vehicle's registration was expired. The vehicle rapidly accelerated and fled running multiple red lights through Charleston, according to a criminal complaint. The vehicle — a black Jeep Grand Cherokee — was traveling around 80-90 miles per hour on Route 21, the complaint says.

The Jeep was seen crossing the center line onto oncoming traffic multiple times and passed a vehicle on a double yellow line, the complaint said.

Deputies said he led them on a pursuit through Sissonville and Jefferson. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle twice using stop sticks to damage the tires but the pursuit continued. Goff fled deputies through Putnam County where his vehicle struck a Hurricane Police cruiser, deputies said. Deputies arrested Goff after the vehicle was stopped in Huntington.

After Monday's arraignment, Goff was taken to South Central Regional Jail.

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