An incident on New Year’s Day has led to one woman being charged with kidnapping.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the West Virginia State Police, Tonya Leigh Stevens, 36, of Logan, allegedly drove a victim to a residence of another individual located near the community of Man. Upon arrival, Eskie Leann Evans, 37, of Poca, and another female opened the rear doors of the vehicle and allegedly beat the victim, held her at knife point, and robbed her of $55. Evans reportedly advised the victim that she had three days to pay her more money or further harm would be done.
Stevens reportedly then drove the victim to another residence; refusing to allow her to exit the vehicle. After arriving at the second residence, the defendant again refused to the victim to leave the vehicle and reportedly verbally threatened the victim and her children, stating that should the victim contact the police regarding the incident, the victim and her children would be killed.
Evans was charged with first degree robbery, conspiracy, assault and attempted extortion. She was arraigned on January 5 and bond set at $50,000.
Stevens was charged with kidnapping, conspiring to commit a felony and assault. She was arraigned on January 5 and bond set at $50,000 for the conspiracy and assault charge; bond for the kidnapping charge must be set by a circuit clerk judge. Stevens was still incarcerated at South Western Regional Jail at Holden as of press time.
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