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Ranson man faces charges in connection with carjacking

July 02, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 19-year-old Ranson, W.Va., man was charged with first-degree robbery and grand larceny in connection with a carjacking in the Avon Bend subdivision Tuesday morning, Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies said.

Edward Jackson Houchins, of 208 E. 2nd Ave., was apprehended in Winchester, Va., deputies said.

The incident began about 8 a.m. Tuesday when 911 dispatchers received a call about a man whose vehicle had been carjacked, Chief Deputy Jesse Jones said.

The victim said he gave a man a ride, and was under the assumption that he was taking the man to his house in the Avon Bend subdivision, deputies said.

After the two arrived at the intersection of General Rogers and River roads, Houchins pulled a Swiss army knife and a knife the driver had in the car's console area and put both knives to the driver's throat in a "crossed fashion," deputies said.

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Houchins ordered the driver to step out of his 1995 Mazda 626, then drove away in the car, deputies said.

The motorist told deputies he met Houchins Monday night in Berkeley County. Houchins had just been released from Eastern Regional Jail, deputies said.

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