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Man faces charges in W.Va. carjacking

August 17, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man is accused of getting into another man's car, beating him and stealing the man's wallet, compact discs, sunglasses and other items, according to court records.

Matthew Shane Johnson, 24, of 181 Van Clevesville Road, was charged with kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. He also was charged with malicious wounding and burglary, stemming from an unrelated incident.

The carjacking happened June 18 after the victim, Derek Beasley, was asked to give a woman he knew a ride to Gantt's Mobile Home Community off W.Va. 9, according to deputies with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

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Beasley gave the woman a ride, but when he stopped to let her out, three men jumped into the car. One of the men pointed a semi-automatic pistol at the victim, police said.

At the end of the trailer park, the victim was pulled into the back seat. Police said that Johnson "physically assaulted" the victim several times and forced him to undress.

The victim's wallet, which had about $5 in it, and his cell phone, worth about $100, were taken. After driving around Hedgesville, W.Va., police allege the group returned to the trailer park, where the victim's keys, sunglasses and 60 CDs were taken.

Beasley said he knew all three men, police said.

The second incident happened June 1 at Polo Green Apartments, when Johnson and two other men forced their way inside an apartment, police said.

The men punched and kicked the victim, William Mann, several times, police said. Mann was stabbed once in the back of his leg by one of the men, police said.

Mann told police that he believed the fight stemmed from an argument over drugs, records state.

Johnson was being held in Eastern Regional Jail without bail. He was picked up by police in Virginia and agreed July 7 to return to West Virginia to face charges, records state.

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