The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 14, 2012

2 charged in Thursday morning home invasion

Two men are facing a laundry list of felonies following a Thursday morning home invasion in the 100 block of Crescent Road, according to Beckley Police.

At approximately 5 a.m. two men forced their way through a rear door into the home of an 86-year-old woman, Capt. Jeff Shumate explained.

Once inside, the men allegedly brandished a stun gun, bound the woman with a belt, stuffed gauze into her mouth and demanded prescription pain medicine and jewelry, he added.

The suspects fled the residence with electronics, jewelry and currency, in the homeowner’s 2005 Subaru.

Christian Hines, 26, and Kevin Saunders, 25, both of Mabscott, were arrested after police located the stolen vehicle, the stolen items and the suspects camped out inside a Mabscott home off Chestnut Street just a few hours later, police stated. All the stolen property was recovered.

Both men are facing charges of kidnapping, second degree robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit a felony and grand larceny.

The victim was transported to an area hospital to be evaluated for precautionary measures; however, Shumate said she did not sustain any physical injuries.

Hines and Saunders were arraigned Thursday afternoon and were remanded to Southern Regional Jail on bonds of $300,000 each.

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