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Man accused of threatening woman with grenade

February 05, 2002

Man accused of threatening woman with grenade



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with four offenses after a woman alleged she was threatened with a grenade and a rifle in downtown Martinsburg Sunday, according to court records.

Jeffrey Kevin Walker, 39, of 4105 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg, has been charged with wanton endangerment, domestic assault, domestic battery and brandishing, according to court records.

Martinsburg Police Department patrolman Scott Funkhouser responded to 216 W. King St. where he found a woman who was emotionally distraught and crying hysterically.

After the woman calmed down, she told police she saw Walker, her former boyfriend, at a friend's apartment, with a laptop computer, according to papers filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

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When Walker returned from the store with beer for the woman, he realized his computer was gone, said court records.

He became irate and questioned the woman and other man about the computer, court records alleged.

According to court records, Walker showed up about 20 minutes later with a gun and grenade.

He told the woman she had six seconds to get 500 feet away from the grenade and "he didn't care if he blew up the whole apartment building," according to allegations in court papers.

He then picked up a rifle and pointed the gun at the woman, court papers alleged.

Walker eventually dropped the grenade on the floor and apologized to the woman, court records said.

Police later located a maroon Buick Regal parked in the 100 block of South Maple Street. Inside the car were several rifles, a handgun and a grenade, said court records.

Walker was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Monday night on $15,000 bond, jail officials said.

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