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Man charged in kidnapping, assault

March 06, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An 18-year-old woman was held for several hours Tuesday inside a house at 621 Virginia Ave. where sex acts were forced on her, the Martinsburg Police Department said in a news release.

Russell Coates, 51, who lived at the Virginia Avenue address, was arrested on charges of kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault, the release said.

Police found Coates at his home but he would not answer the door, the release said. Forced entry was used to get inside the house, police said.

The woman had entered the house and was later held, police said. Police said the woman was able to leave the home and went to City Hospital for help, the release said.

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