W.Va. man held on kidnapping, assault charges

June 17, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man was charged Tuesday night in connection with an incident in which a woman was bound with duct tape and forced to perform a sexual act on a man who shoved his way into her apartment, according to police.

Michael P. Cummings, 42, of 10457 Winchester Ave., Apt. B, was charged with kidnapping, burglary and second-degree sexual assault. He was being held Thursday night in Eastern Regional Jail without bail.

West Virginia State Police Trooper E.M. McFarland investigated the case.

According to court records, the victim was playing cards with a friend in her apartment Tuesday from 3 to 5 a.m. A few minutes after her friend left, Cummings knocked on her door and forced his way inside, records allege.


The woman told police that she had once gone on a date with Cummings and that he performed handyman tasks around her home when needed, police said.

The assailant was wearing dishwashing gloves and carrying duct tape when he entered the woman's home. He duct-taped her arms together, pulled her pants down and tried to rape her, police said.

When the woman screamed for help, her attacker placed a piece of tape over her mouth, police said.

After the rape attempt, the woman crawled into her living room, where the man was standing. He made her perform a sexual act on him, police said.

The man left the woman's home after taking the duct tape off of her, police said.

After her attacker left, the woman ran to a bar near her home and called police. She told police that the man lived in an apartment above the bar, records state.

McFarland wrote in his criminal complaint that the woman had several injuries to her arms, legs and head and had a sticky, gluelike substance on her arms. She also had a red mark over her mouth and her hair was in disarray, police said.

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