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One kidnapping suspect caught, charged

August 12, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who allegedly punched, kicked and choked a woman before shoving her into the trunk of her car last month was arraigned Sunday morning.

Brandon D. Green, 20, of Wrangler Drive in Martinsburg, faces charges of malicious wounding, kidnapping and grand larceny auto, all felonies.

He was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Sunday night on $70,000 bail.

The alleged assault happened on July 9, after Misty Dawn Hyson, 24, went to Green's home to go car shopping with a friend, Amber Cummerit, who is Green's girlfriend, according to West Virginia State Trooper M.M. Kingery.

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Shortly afterward, Green began choking the victim, smashed her head into a wall and threw her to the ground, Kingery alleged. Green then picked up a steel car ramp and began hitting the victim in the head, Kingery said.

Throughout the assault, the victim pleaded for her friend Cummerit to help her but Cummerit just watched, police allege.

Afraid of being beaten more, the victim became compliant and was placed in the trunk of her 2000 Honda, police said. The car was found earlier this month in Florida, police said.

After she was placed in the trunk, the three suspects started to drive, and pulled into a Burger King drive-thru, police said. The victim was able to overhear them talking about going to Florida, but when she again pleaded for help from Cummerit, someone in the car turned the radio up to drown out her cries, police allege.

While she was in the trunk, the victim manipulated with the trunk latch release, police said. As the suspects turned around in the median of Interstate 70 near Clear Spring, the victim either got the trunk door open or it sprung open, Kingery said.

Several people saw the victim jump from the trunk and described the alleged kidnappers to Maryland troopers, court records filed Sunday show. The victim was taken to a hospital, police said.

After troopers interviewed the victim at the hospital, they went to Green's home, where they found blood on a wall, a garbage bag and the car ramp, records show. The items were sent to a lab for testing.

If convicted of kidnapping, Green faces up to life in prison. Malicious wounding carries a penalty of two to 10 years in prison, and grand larceny auto carries a penalty of one to 10 years upon conviction.

Cummerit, age unknown, has not been caught. Warrants were issued for her arrest for the charges of kidnapping and grand larceny auto.

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