Wellston Police Department (WPD) Chief John Robinson said during a recent Wellston City Council meeting that the investigation into the assault of a WPD officer back in early September is at a standstill.

The incident in question occurred in the early-morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 6 when the WPD officer was sitting in his cruiser near the ball fields on State Route 327. He was said to have been approached by two males wearing masks that began casually talking with him.

In the end, one of the men struck the officer through the vehicle’s open window and, after a struggle, the two men fled on foot, each in a different direction.

It is believed one of the suspects has a tattoo of a spider web on his hand.

In the weeks that followed, Chief Robinson encouraged anyone with information to come forward. During the Sept. 17 meeting, longtime Councilman Keith Woolum, after learning no reward money had been offered up for information on the matter, stated he and his wife Loraine Johnston (Johnston Law Office) would do just that. In kind, Mayor Charlie Hudson said he would match whatever contribution Woolum and Johnston made. Since then, numerous individuals have made contributions to the reward fund.

The reward money, City officials agreed, would be given to whoever could provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Despite this offering, Chief Robinson stated during the Dec. 3 Council meeting that little to no progress had been made as of late.

Anyone with information on the officer assault is urged to contact the WPD at 740-384-2171, or by email at watch@cityofwellston.org. Any information or tips can be kept anonymous.