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W.Va. man charged with kidnapping girlfriend

December 01, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.VA. - A Hedgesville man who police allege punched his girlfriend, forced her into a car and threatened to kill her if she tried to run was charged with kidnapping Tuesday, according to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Albert Junior Johnson Jr., 28, of 44 Navajo Lane, also was charged with domestic battery and entering without breaking.

According to a criminal complaint prepared by Deputy T.A. Young with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, several officers went to a home on Flying Dove Lane in Hedgesville Tuesday for a call of an in-progress domestic violence incident.

When the officers arrived, nobody involved was there, records state.

Police later were told that Johnson and his girlfriend, Tammy Minnick, had been arguing, records said.

During the argument Johnson punched his girlfriend's face, "leaving a noticeable, large swollen area with surface abrasions," Young said in court records.

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After running to a home across the street, Minnick told a woman who was inside baby-sitting to lock the doors and refuse to allow Johnson inside, police said.

Johnson came to the home, reached through an existing hole in a door and let himself in, records state. Once inside, Johnson grabbed his girlfriend by her hair and dragged her to a friend's car, which was parked outside, police alleged.

"The defendant forcibly placed the victim in the vehicle and told her he would drown her if she tried to run. The defendant held the victim in the vehicle against her will ...," Young alleged in court records.

The man who was driving the car and two other women in the car tried to calm Johnson, records state.

Three deputies stopped the car after seeing it at the intersection of Back Creek Valley Road and Lavonne Drive, police said.

Because kidnapping is a capital offense punishable by up to life in prison, Johnson was being held without bail in Eastern Regional Jail on Tuesday.

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