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Falling Waters, W.Va., man shot by police pleaded not guilty to sex assault

Raymond Sidney Wallace II was arraigned on four sexual assault-related offenses, and single counts of kidnapping, attempted arson and assault on a government representative

February 28, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Falling Waters, W.Va., man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in August 2012 and then kidnapped another woman in a violent string of events that ended when he was shot by police.

Raymond Sidney Wallace II, 23, was arraigned by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes on four sexual assault-related offenses, and single counts of kidnapping, attempted arson and assault on a government representative.

Wilkes set bonds totaling $900,000 for the pending felony charges, which are contained in a grand jury indictment that was decided last week in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

Wallace’s trial was set by Wilkes for Sept. 24 after the defendant confirmed in an exchange with defense attorney Thomas Stanley that he waived his right to have a trial within the February term of court, which ends in May.

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Wallace 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, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said last week.

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.

The defendant was holding a knife to the woman’s neck when the deputy encountered him in the first block of Yukon Drive in Berkeley County, according to court documents.

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

The shooting occurred after deputies responded to City Hospital in Martinsburg to investigate a reported sexual assault, according to court documents.

The victim told police she was assaulted by Wallace after she went to bed on Aug. 24. The woman told police she and Wallace were 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.

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 four times, according to police and court documents.

The woman later told police that Wallace ransacked the residence before finding the pellet gun and retrieving knives from the kitchen.

Police also were told he poured gasoline on the floor of the residence and had indicated he was going to set the home on fire. He also had planned to take her to her home in Martinsburg so he could get her money, documents state.

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

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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