(04/24/2018)
QUIET DELL KIDNAPPING - Harrison County deputies arrested two people for kidnapping a woman.

Jesse Bowman, 54, and Jeanie Batson, 62, of Clarksburg, were arrested Sunday after allegedly kidnapping a 38-year-old woman at gunpoint Saturday afternoon, according to deputies.

Deputies said Bowman took the victim against her will at gunpoint from her residence in Quiet Dell to his residence on Gregory Run Road shortly after 1 p.m. The victim told deputies that Bowman presented a black pistol with a wooden handle and repeatedly told her that he would kill her if she did not do what he said, according to deputies. The victim told deputies that Batson, Bowman's girlfriend, was also at the Gregory Run Road residence.

The victim told deputies that Bowman sexually assaulted her while continuing to threaten her, according to deputies.

Bowman and Batson took the victim from Bowman's residence and headed towards the victim's Quiet Dell residence, deputies said.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., they stopped at an Exxon gas station in Quiet Dell, according to deputies. The victim was able to tell an employee that she had been kidnapped and was in danger. She asked him to call the police, deputies said.

Harrison County deputies were able to locate Bowman and Batson driving a silver Nissan Xterra. Bowman and Batson were arrested and taken to the North Central Regional Jail. They have both been charged with kidnapping.

PHILIPPI VICTIM - Officials say a car was pulled over in Philippi, leading police to discover a gunshot victim, drugs, firearms, and cash.

According to a social media post from the Philippi Police Department, a vehicle was pulled over on U.S. Route 119 in Mansfield at around 12:00 a.m. on April 22. Officials say the vehicle was occupied by a female driver and a male passenger who had a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital by EMS.

Authorities found over 50 grams of methamphetamine, 9 firearms, and an undisclosed amount of cash in the vehicle.

Officials say the names of the individuals taken into custody are not being released at this time as the investigation is ongoing.


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