Kidnapping Suspect Turns Himself In

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man wanted for kidnapping a woman on Christmas Day is behind bars.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says Larry Junior Nelson, 36, of Springdale, turned himself in Tuesday morning.

Deputies had been searching for Nelson since Christmas, after it was reported that he had assaulted his girlfriend during a domestic argument, and then tied her hands and legs and left her at a remote strip mine in the Springdale area of Fayette County.

Deputies say the victim walked through a wooded area for over an hour before finding help.

According to a press release, Nelson contacted the sheriff's office on Monday and said he would turn himself in Tuesday. Nelson turned himself in around 9 a.m.

Nelson was arraigned in Magistrate Court and is being held in the Southern Regional Jail.

Bond has not been set. "bond in a kidnapping case can only be set by a Circuit Judge," Sheriff Steve Kessler said. "Nelson will remain in jail until he can be brought beofre a Circuit Judge, arraigned on this charge and have a bond set."

Nelson told deputies he knew police had been looking for him, but wanted to wait until Sergeant J.R. McMullen was working because he trusted McMullen and said he would treat Nelson fairly.

"Sergeant McMullen has a very good reputation in the Danese area of Fayette County. He has been assigned to that patrol area for several years and the people in the area know, like and respect him. That level of rapport with the community is one of the most valuable assets a police officer can attain," Sheriff Kessler said.

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