The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 6, 2014

Fayette kidnapping suspect surrenders to police

By Cody Neff
Register-Herald Reporter

— The man who allegedly kidnapped his girlfriend on Christmas Day and dumped her bound hand and foot at a mining site has turned himself in, according to a press release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Larry Junior Nelson, 36, of Springdale, called Sgt. J.R. McMullen of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and told the officer he would turn himself in the next morning. Nelson showed up around 9 a.m. on Tuesday and surrendered.

Nelson was arraigned in the Magistrate Court of Fayette County and was sent to Southern Regional Jail without bail.

“Bond in a kidnapping case can only be set by a Circuit Judge,” Sheriff Steve Kessler said in the press release. “Nelson will remain in jail until he can be brought before a circuit judge, arraigned on this charge and have a bond set.”

Nelson told police he knew they were looking for him, but he waited until McMullen came back to work because he trusted McMullen to treat him fairly.

“Sergeant McMullen has a very good reputation in the Danese area of Fayette County,” Kessler said. “He has been assigned to that patrol area for several years and the people in the areas know, like and respect him. That level of rapport with the community is one of the most valuable assets a police officer can attain.”

Nelson was charged with domestic battery and kidnapping after his girlfriend told police that he hit her, tied her up, then left her at a strip mine in the Springdale area of Fayette County. She says she was able to free her legs and walked through the woods for over an hour before she found help at a home.

“This is a very serious crime,” Kessler said at the time she was rescued. “Had Ms. Burns been unable to free her feet and walk through the woods in an effort to seek assistance, it is quite possible that she could have died from exposure and hypothermia.”

Overnight lows in that area of Fayette County were 13 degrees on Christmas.

The case is still being looked into by Deputy V.R. Neal of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information about the case can call the Sheriff’s Office at 304-574-4216.

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