2 West Virginia men arrested after allegedly kidnapping a woman at knifepoint

MOUNDSVILLE, WV (WTRF) - Two men are behind bars after allegedly kidnapping a Moundsville woman and holding her at knifepoint inside of a house on Ruby Street.

The victim told police that at first, she heard a bang at her back door, which is when she reportedly found that 33-year-old Thomas Blake, a man she previously had a relationship with, had broken down her door to get inside her house.

The victim said Blake reportedly drew a knife on her, knocked her to the ground, and told her he was going to kill her.

She said Blake then allegedly dragged her out of her house by her hair and told her not to make a noise or he'd hit her.

Moundsville Police officers said Thomas Blake took her to a car and his brother, 18-year-old Bryan Blake, was inside.

The Blake brothers allegedly drove the victim to a house on Ruby Street, where they held her against her will.

Reportedly, the brothers told everyone inside the house to attack the victim if she attempted to escape.

The victim said she was able to run out the door after Bryan Blake left the room, before being chased down and attacked again this time on Pearl Street.

Moundsville Police Detective Sergeant DeWitt said the victim is lucky she escaped.

"I think it absolutely could have turned out worse, if it was over money and she didn't have the money on her, what were they going to do, you know. After something like this, who knows, this could have been a lot worse," said Moundsville Police Sergeant Don DeWitt.

The victim's friend reportedly helped her inside her house until police arrived on scene. She did have some injuries on her face and neck.

Both men are charged with felony kidnapping, and are being held in the Northern Regional Jail awaiting arraignment.

Thomas is also facing nighttime burglary, brandishing, and domestic battery charges.


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