Man charged with abduction in motel disturbance

WOODSTOCK – A Winchester man was ordered held without bond Monday following his arrest last week on charges of abduction and assault and battery against a woman law enforcement officials identified as his girlfriend.

Law enforcement officials said the defendant, Randall Scott Coben, 31, of Winchester, locked himself in a room in the Valley View motel at 29156 Old Valley Pike, Strasburg, in the early morning hours Wednesday and threatened his girlfriend with a knife.

Coben was also charged with damaging a phone line to prevent a 911 call and obstruction of justice.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and members of the Strasburg Police Department were sent to the scene at about 2:45 a.m. after receiving a report of a man grabbing a woman around the head and pulling her toward a motel room.

A criminal complaint filed in Shenandoah County General District Court identifies the victim as Robin Lynn Thayer, also of Winchester.

One of the Strasburg officers reported hearing Coben yell he had a knife and would not let Thayer leave the motel room, the complaint states.

“During the course of the struggle, the accused pulled the phone line out of the wall and did not allow the victim to call for assistance,” Dellinger said.

Law enforcement officials entered the room and arrested Coben after a struggle, Dellinger said.

“Mr. Coben was very uncooperative and resisting arrest,” Dellinger said, adding, “In the struggle, Mr. Coben was tased.”

Thayer told law enforcement officials that Coben held her down on the bed and “smacked her with an open hand across her face several times,” the complaint states.

Dellinger said alcohol consumption by Coben “may have been a contributing factor” in the incident.

Coben’s next appearance in General District Court is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 22.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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