Two men indicted on kidnapping charges in Berkeley Co.

February 18, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - During the third day of a Berkeley County grand jury session Thursday, two people were indicted on kidnapping charges, one man was indicted in connection with a bank robbery and another man was indicted on charges that he threatened a prosecutor and bailiff.

All of the cases are unrelated.

The kidnapping indictments stemmed from an incident on Sept. 20, 2004, at the National Fruit Camp residences in Inwood, W.Va.

David Duckett, 29, of 607 E. Moler Ave., Martinsburg; and Johnny Toussaint, 22, of 219 Pennsylvania Ave., Martinsburg; were each indicted on four counts of kidnapping, four counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm, two counts of brandishing a firearm, one count of robbery, one count of malicious wounding, one count of conspiracy and one count of nighttime breaking and entering.

Police allege the men entered the camp - which is used by foreign workers who are here to pick fruit - and ordered four men to go into a bathroom.


The two robbers took $300 from one man and fired a gun at another, striking him on the forehead, police said. The wound was not life-threatening, police have said.

Other indictments handed up included:

· Justin Cook, 24, 15 Radiant Drive, Martinsburg, was indicted on two counts of threatening a public official, as well as two unrelated counts of receiving more than $4,000 worth of stolen property, two counts of third-offense domestic battery and one count of malicious wounding.

Cook is charged with threatening Berkeley County Assistant Prosecutor Betsy Giggenbach, and a bailiff, Jeff Wilkins, on Nov. 16, 2004.

· Christopher Cook, 21, of 124 Autumn Leaf Drive, Martinsburg, was indicted on two counts of robbery, assault during the commission of a felony, two counts of conspiracy, wanton endangerment with a firearm, assault and destruction of property.

A co-defendant in the case, Blake O. Parrish, 17, was indicted on charges of robbery, conspiracy, attempted wanton endangerment, aiding and abetting robbery, brandishing a firearm, larceny, attempted robbery and two counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm.

Parrish is being tried as an adult.

The two were charged in connection with a September 2004 robbery in which a man's head was beaten with a pistol, shots were fired and a purse containing prescription medicine was taken.

· Reginald D. Barnes, 44, of 222 N. Church St., Martinsburg, was indicted on one count of armed robbery stemming from a robbery at BB&T Bank in September 2004.

The bank, at the intersection of W.Va. 9, W.Va. 45 and U.S. 11 in Martinsburg, was robbed by a man who had a gun in his waistband. The robber stole $4,255.

Barnes also was indicted on one count of forgery and one count of uttering, stemming from allegations that in December 2001 he forged and cashed a check for $400.

Members of the grand jury meet behind closed doors, hearing evidence from prosecutors and police. Neither defendants nor their attorneys are present or present evidence.

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