Charleston Man Charged with Duct Taping Mother and Taking Money

By: Rahel Solomon, Anna Baxter Email
By: Rahel Solomon, Anna Baxter Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Charleston is behind bars, accused of duct taping his mother after she refused to give him money.

Joshua Holbert, 32, of Charleston, was arrested early Wednesday at a home along Hardman Drive and charged with kidnapping and second-degree robbery.

According to the criminal complaint, Holbert asked his mother for money to get his belongings back from a drug dealer. When his mother refused, police say Holbert became violent and pushed her onto her bed.

Then, Holbert took her cellphone and told her to sit in a chair in the bathroom. That's when police say Holbert duct taped his mother's hands together, along with taping her entire upper torso to the chair.

According to the complaint, Holbert disconnected the home's landline phone and took her debit card and money from her wallet.

Elayne Abnathy has lived beside the Holberts for about 25 years. She said she was surprised to hear about the incident.

"I'm really shocked," Abnathy said. "I truly am."

Police say Holbert's mother had bruising on her wrist and residue of adhesive tape on her arms and hands.

"We've been very, very good neighbors and I certainly hope she's going to be OK," Abnathy said.

When police arrived, Holbert was arrested without incident.

Holbert was arraigned on the charges Wednesday and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 15.

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