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Washington man charged with abduction


Suspect allegedly held fiancee, another woman captive in Stephens City apartment

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A Washington, D.C., man held his fiancee captive after assaulting her and another woman in Stephens City before fleeing to Warren County on Christmas Eve, authorities said Monday.

Wesley Everett Sturdivant II, 28, of 3325 Baker St., N.E., remains held without bond at the Warren County Jail, and is charged in Frederick County General District Court with abduction by threat or force, and breaking and entering into a home with intent to commit assault and battery, both felonies.

Sturdivant also is charged with two counts each of assault and battery and breaking and entering into a home with intent to damage property, all misdemeanors.

Frederick County Sheriff's Deputy B.S. Charles responded to an apartment complex in the 5300 block of Main Street for a report of a domestic incident, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case. Emergency dispatchers had received the domestic call at 1:15 a.m.

A woman spoke with the deputy and advised the officer that Sturdivant had broken into her apartment and assault her, according to the complaint.

"She stated Sturdivant showed up looking for his fiancee," the complaint states. "[The woman] stated Sturdivant was kicking [the] door to her neighbor's apartment ... I observed damage to [the] door."

The woman told the deputy Sturdivant then kicked in the door to her apartment and pushed her down the hall, according to the complaint. Sturdivant threw a chair into a wall which left two holes, the complaint states. Then the suspect pushed her into a television which fell over as a result, she told the deputy.

"[The woman] stated that Sturdivant physically assaulted her friend ... who is also his fiancee then force [her] into a vehicle," the complaint states. "[The woman] stated [her friend] was yelling to let her go."

The complaint does not include details as to what happened next -- whether Sturdivant let go of his fiancee.

But the arrest warrant was served on Sturdivant in Warren County by Jim Petty, a deputy with its Sheriff's Office, shortly after 6 a.m. that same day, according to the charging documents.

Authorities had received information about a possible location in the area where they might find Sturdivant, said Warren County Lt. Mike Arnold.

Warren County deputies arrived at the location and spoke with a person at the residence, Arnold said. As they spoke to the resident, Sturdivant exited through a window, according to Arnold. Deputies pursued Sturdivant a short distance before they apprehended the him. Officers took Sturdivant into custody without incident.

A judge on Monday ordered Sturdivant to appear in Frederick County General District on Feb. 22.


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