WOODSTOCK — A Shenandoah County Circuit Court grand jury recently handed up November indictments.
Among those indictments were:
• Keith Wayne Barb, 37, of an unknown address, was indicted on the charges of rape and strangulation for a June 18 incident.
According to a criminal complaint for the charges, a Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to Winchester Medical Center on June 20 to interview a woman who reported she had been raped.
The woman said she and Barb went on a hike off of Wolf Gap Road and returned to a vehicle around 8 p.m. and engaged in a consensual sex act. Barb wanted to commit a certain act, but the woman said no.
Barb then took the woman, who didn’t have cell phone service and couldn’t call anyone, to a campsite at Wolf Gap and Senedo roads, where he had been living, the complaint states.
Once there, Barb asked the woman to lie with him in the tent and he forced himself upon her, committing a sex act, covering her mouth when she screamed and strangling her to the point where she lost consciousness, the complaint states.
The woman tried to leave during the night, but Barb would drag her back to the tent and prevent her from getting away through intimidation tactics because it “was a game to him,” the complaint states.
The deputy observed the woman had bruises on her arms and neck as well as scrapes on her legs, the complaint states. The medical center completed a physical evidence recovery kit, which was sent to the lab for analysis.
Barb remains held in Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bond. He is due in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Jan. 5.
• Wilson Leonel Sorto-Serraro, of an unknown age and address, was indicted on two counts of carnal knowledge of a child between the age of 13 and 15 without force. The charges came by way of direct indictments, which have little public information on the circumstances leading to them.
According to the indictments, the incidents happened in Shenandoah County between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2021.
A court order has been issued for Sorto-Serraro's arrest.
• James Allen Duke Cox, 32, of 41 Oak Hill Lane, was indicted on two charges of child neglect. The two charges were sent to the grand jury after starting in Shenandoah County Juvenile Domestic Relations Court.
Cox was initially facing 12 counts related to the incident, and alongside Kimberly Ann Rush, 33. Rush’s charges are still pending in Shenandoah County JDR court.
According to a criminal complaint from the incident, the charges stem from an anonymous tip made to the Sheriff’s Office around 11:50 a.m. July 11 that two small children were in their home alone, according to a criminal complaint.
Deputies were unable to make contact with anyone in the home and had no reason to believe children were inside, the complaint states. Deputies responded to the residence again around 4:40 p.m. after receiving an anonymous tip that small children could be heard screaming and crying while alone inside.
Rush then arrived at the residence and eventually admitted that her two children had been home alone since she left for work at 7:30 a.m.
Inside, deputies found several pistols, a machete, five butane torches and marijuana within reach of both children.
Cox remains held at RSW Regional Jail without bond. He is due in Shenandoah County Circuit Court Jan. 5.
• Ryan Alan Burriss, 26, of 397 Wendover Drive, Bunker Hill, West Virginia, was indicted on the charge of firing at an occupied motor vehicle. The charge was sent to the grand jury after Burriss waved his right to a preliminary hearing.
According to a criminal complaint for the charge, a state trooper responded on Aug. 8, 2020, to the 2-mile marker of Interstate 66 East for a vehicle that had been shot at. The driver's-side front tire had a hole in the tread and bullet fragments in it.
The trooper was told the shooting occurred in Shenandoah County near the Strasburg on-ramp of Interstate 81 northbound. The description of the shooter matched Burriss, the complaint states.
Burriss was located on Route 277 and admitted to being in Strasburg, but he didn’t fire a gun, the complaint states. A gun was taken from Burriss, and he was taken to RSW Regional jail.
Burriss is released from RSW Regional Jail on $2,500 bond. He is due in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Dec. 8.