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Police search for Elkview man in kidnapping, rape of young girl

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police continued to search Saturday for a man who allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old girl from a bus stop on Charleston's West Side, drove the girl around for hours and then raped her early Thursday.

Bradley L. Price, 34, of Elkview, is wanted on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and felony kidnapping. He has been running from police since Thursday, Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said.

Price, a pizza delivery driver on Charleston's West Side, allegedly spotted the victim near a bus stop at Central Avenue and Russell Street at 8 p.m.

Price pulled up beside the girl, rolled down his window and tried to talk to her, Cooper said. The girl kept walking, but Price allegedly jumped out of his car and pulled her inside.

Price allegedly drove around for about five hours delivering pizzas to and from the pizza restaurant. He told the girl she would be allowed to leave when his shift ended at 1 a.m. Thursday, Cooper said.

At the end of his shift, Price drove the girl to his grandmother's house in Elkview to drop off medication to his own children. Cooper said Price then got back in the car and drove the girl to Knights Inn in Kanawha City, where he allegedly raped her.

The girl was eventually able to escape and call for help at the motel's front desk late Thursday morning.

Price fled before police arrived. Anyone with information on Price's whereabouts is asked to call the Charleston Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.

No one answered the phone at Price's grandmother's home in Elkview on Saturday. Police were not immediately sure at which pizza restaurant Price worked.


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