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Man faces assault, kidnapping charges

October 08, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Pennsylvania man was charged Wednesday in connection with an incident in September in which people were tied up, pistol-whipped and a car was stolen, according to police.

Oswin "Oz" Abraham, 24, of 350 Wesley High, Whitehall, Pa., was charged with four counts of kidnapping, one count of armed robbery and one count of malicious assault.

West Virginia State Police Trooper T.L. Lind, who investigated the case, said the robbery happened on Sept. 27. Police were notified at 2:45 a.m. that three men had taken a beige Mitsubishi Diamante worth $30,000, jewelry worth $8,000 and $4,800 in cash, records state.

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Police said that at 1 a.m., Justine Smith said she let three men into her trailer in Gantt's Mobile Home Community west of Martinsburg. She said they all sat together in the living room for around 20 minutes before she went into a back bedroom to put her 2-month-old baby to bed, records state.

After one of the men summoned Smith back into the living room, a gun was placed to her head and she was told to put her hands behind her back, records allege. She was tied up, gagged and carried back into the bedroom with her son, records state.

The men took her ring and necklace and had started taking DVDs, DVD players and a PlayStation 2 when David Cullen and Brian "Romeo" Hert returned from Cullen's club, KC's Leather and Lace, police said.

Cullen said when he walked into the trailer he was attacked by three men. One of the men hit him with a gun and another man tied him up, records state.

Additional jewelry was taken from the two men, police said.

Cullen was taken to City Hospital for treatment of two large cuts on his head and smaller cuts on his hand and leg, all caused by being hit with the gun, police said.

No other arrests have been made.

Abraham was being held in Eastern Regional Jail without bail.

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