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South Point man charged with kidnapping in W.Va.

Mar. 02, 2012 @ 10:42 AM

HUNTINGTON  — A man from South Point, Ohio, was arrested Thursday after Huntington Police said he attacked a woman last month and held her against her will in a Huntington apartment.

Bradley J. Scarberry, 32, was charged with kidnapping and unlawful assault more than three weeks after a disagreement that became physically violent and ended with the woman in the hospital.

The criminal complaint, filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court, states Scarberry and the victim had a disagreement Feb. 12 in a Marcum Terrace apartment. During the fight, the complaint states, Scarberry choked and punched the woman several times before dragging her into a bedroom, where he prevented her from leaving.

The complaint indicates the victim attempted to use three cell phones to call for help during the fight, but Scarberry broke each phone as she tried to use it. After several attempts, the victim was able to escape the room, but the complaint stated Scarberry dragged her into another bedroom, where he struck her multiple times.

After “several hours of detaining the victim,” Scarberry fled the apartment. That allowed the victim to flag down a neighbor for help, the complaint stated.

The victim suffered a black eye, broken nose, a damaged orbital bone and several of her teeth were knocked out during the incident, according to the complaint.

Scarberry was incarcerated Thursday at the Western Regional Jail. Bond was denied as the kidnapping charge carries a potential life prison sentence.