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W.Va. man indicted on sexual assault, kidnapping charges

February 19, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
  • Raymond Sidney Wallace II
Photo courtesy of West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Falling Waters, W.Va., man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in August 2012 and then holding a knife to another woman’s neck in a confrontation with police that ended in gunfire was indicted Tuesday on multiple charges by a Berkeley County grand jury.

Raymond Sidney Wallace II, 23, was indicted on four sexual assault-related offenses, and single counts of kidnapping, attempted arson and assault on a government representative, according to indictment documents released by Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely’s office.

Wallace was among at least 30 people indicted Tuesday by the grand jury, which is expected to reconvene Wednesday.

Wallace, who was being held in Eastern Regional Jail without bond Tuesday, was shot once in the hip by a Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy Aug. 25 outside the Falling Waters residence where police allege the crimes occurred, according to court documents.

A grand jury in October ruled the shooting by Sheriff’s Deputy Ralph Pierce was “justifiable,” Games-Neely said Tuesday.

“The grand jury declined any action or investigation against the officer,” Games-Neely said.

The grand jury could have requested additional investigation, decided to indict or declined to proceed with further investigation as part of a standard three-step process that is taken in the review of police shootings, according to Games-Neely.

The firearm in Wallace’s possession was later determined to be a BB/pellet rifle, which the defendant allegedly pointed at Pierce, according to the indictment.

Police also found Wallace had a butcher knife and two smaller knives, according to court documents.

The shooting in the first block of Yukon Drive occurred after deputies responded to City Hospital in Martinsburg at 1:13 a.m. to investigate a reported sexual assault, according to court documents.

The victim told police she was assaulted by Wallace after she went to bed about 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 24.

The woman told police that she and Wallace had been drinking rum at the Yukon Drive residence and playing cards earlier that night, according to court documents.

While at City Hospital, deputies were dispatched to the Yukon Drive residence after dispatchers received a call that Wallace was holding another woman at knifepoint there, according to court documents.

At the residence, deputies found Wallace walking out of the residence with the woman in front of him, according to court documents.

After being ordered to put down the knife and firearm, police said Wallace turned with the gun toward one of the deputies, and Pierce fired his weapon, according to police and court documents.

Police had said Pierce fired his weapon four times, according to court documents.

The woman held at knifepoint told police Wallace confronted her after she arrived to secure the residence at the owner’s request.

She told police that Wallace told her she couldn’t leave the home. She told police that he ransacked the house before finding the pellet gun and retrieving knives from the kitchen, according to court documents.

Before deputies arrived, the woman said she slipped while Wallace was holding a knife to her neck and the knife cut the left side of her face, according to court documents.

The woman said Wallace also poured gasoline on the floor of the residence and indicated he was going to set the home on fire and was going to take her to her home in Martinsburg so he could get her money, according to court documents.

The woman said Wallace got her keys and walked her out of the house toward her car when she saw deputies in the driveway, according to court documents.

Police said Wallace continued to resist being detained after he was shot until he was subdued with a stun gun, according to court documents.

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