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Two arrested, police looking for third suspect in Poca drug dispute

By Staff reports

POCA, W.Va. -- Two people were arrested and police are looking for a third, after they allegedly held two others captive Saturday in Poca in a dispute over drugs.

According to Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese, officers responded to a domestic violence and kidnapping call Sunday. The caller told dispatchers her neighbor's child brought a note to her home that said her family was being held captive and to call the police.

The sheriff's department found four people in a house on the 300 block of Silver Street. According to the two alleged victims, two men and one woman came to their home in search of drugs they believed the victims were withholding from them.

The alleged victims, a man and a woman, said they were held from 8 p.m. on Saturday until police arrived at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. They said they were interrogated and the man was physically attacked. The alleged victims were kept in separate rooms and were told they would be killed if they didn't hand over the drugs or enough money to cover them.

The alleged victims' children were in the home at the time of the incident.

One suspect, Roosevelt McDuffie of Hurricane, fled on foot before law enforcement arrived. He was described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 215 pounds.

Kwame W. Bates, of Martinsburg, has been charged with four counts of kidnapping, assault and battery, two counts of child endangerment, and possession of marijuana and opana. Bates' bond is set at $550,000.

Bobbie S. Johns, of Charleston, has been charged with four counts of kidnapping, assault and battery, and two counts of child endangerment. Johns' bond has been set at $500,000.

Deweese said investigators are also looking into the victims' involvement in drugs, and preliminary hearings for Bates and Johns will be held in the next 10 days.


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