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W.Va. man kidnapped, vowed to eat 3 people, police say

ELKINS, W.Va. -- A Beckley man is behind bars, accused of kidnapping three adults and threatening to shoot and then eat them.

John Will Jackson, 40, was in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $20,000 bail Tuesday.

The West Virginia State Police charged him with one count of attempted robbery and three counts of kidnapping.

Trooper D.T. Stallings said Jackson forced the victims to drive him to a tobacco store in Elkins early Sunday.

The Inter-Mountain said the victims were at a party in Beverly but left when a fight broke out. They told police Jackson indicated that he had a weapon and demanded that they take him to the store.

The victims said Jackson repeatedly threatened to shoot, bite and eat them.

Stallings said Jackson only pretended to have a gun.


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