CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man beat a 74-year-old woman, held her captive for several days and forced her to transfer money out of her bank accounts, State Police said Friday.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, Alvaro A. Vilela forced his way into Carol Dyall's home, beat her with a piece of wood, tied her up and took her to his residence. After friends began getting telephone calls and emails from Dyall they described as out of character, State Police eventually tracked the calls to Vilela's residence and arrested him.
Dyall was hospitalized for arm and leg bruises and at least one broken bone, Trooper C.J. Hill of the Charles Town detachment said.
Vilela, 49, was charged Wednesday with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, extortion and violent crimes against and financial exploitation of the elderly.
The complaint said Vilela took financial statements, computers and Dyall's phone, bound her legs, arms and mouth, put her in the trunk of her vehicle and parked his vehicle in her garage. Vilela then drove her vehicle to local banks and other establishments where he used her credit cards.
Vilela then drove to his home, wrapped Dyall in a sheet and carried her inside. She remained tied and bound in an upstairs bedroom.
There, she was "forced into acts and false confessions," the complaint said. "She was in fear for her life and was told that she would be suffocated with plastic wrap and left to be found by police if she did not cooperate."