Deputies Looking to Make Third Arrest in Kidnapping Case

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people have been arrested, and investigators are looking for a third person involved in a kidnapping case in Putnam County.

Sheriff Steve Deweese says deputies responded to a call at a mobile home along Silver Street in Poca where a person says a child walked over to her home and gave her a note stating "that her family was being held captive and to call the police."

When deputies arrived at the mobile home, they found two people who were held against their will for nearly a day, according to a news release.

The victims told deputies that two men and a woman came to their mobile home at 8 p.m. Saturday, looking for narcotics they believed that they were withholding from them.

From that time until deputies arrived at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the suspects questioned the victims and then beat the male victim, according to a news release.

Deputies say the victims were kept in separate rooms. The victims told investigators the suspects threatened to bring people to the house and kill them if they did not give them drugs or money.

Deputies say they arrested and charged Kwame W. Bates of Martinsburg, W.Va., with four counts kidnapping, assault and battery, two counts of child endangerment and possession. His bond was set at $550,000.

Bobbie S. Johns, of Charleston, was charged with four counts of kidnapping and two counts of child endangerment. His bond was also set at $500,000.00.

Deputies say they have also obtained warrants for Roosevelt McDuffie of Hurricane, W.Va. Deputies say he took off before officers arrived at the scene.

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