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West Virginia man charged with kidnapping and ‘burning’ woman with torch: police


A West Virginia man has been arrested after he allegedly kidnapped and tortured a woman by burning her with a torch.

Philippi Police Department officers were called to a residence after a report of a domestic disturbance Jan. 24, according to a criminal complaint obtained by WBOY.

Officers found the female victim hiding on the porch of the Philippi, West Virginia residence and told police the suspect, 47-year-old Sammy Martz, “punched her in the face.”

The victim told officers she ‘escaped the residence through the back window and ran out of the residence into hiding’ after Martz ‘threatened to kill her and burned her with a torch on the stomach and leg,” the complaint reads. according to the report.

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Officers found the female victim hiding on the porch of the Philippi, West Virginia residence and told police the suspect, 47-year-old Sammy Martz, “punched her in the face.”

Officers said in the complaint that “the victim’s eye was swollen”.

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The victim told police while being treated by first responders that Martz was inside the residence and was in possession of a firearm, prompting multiple law enforcement officers to enter the house and arrest Martz, police told the outlet.

Martz told law enforcement that he “harmed the victim…by striking and burning him with a torch on at least three occasions,” police said.

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Investigators interviewed the female victim at a local hospital and said ‘she was trying to leave early in the morning’, but added that Martz would not let her go for ‘a period of 4 to 5 hours’, the complaint states. .

Martz used the 4-5 hour period with the female victim to torture her “by punching her all over her body, sitting on top of her, and burning her with a butane torch,” officials said in the complaint. .

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Martz is being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail and received no bond after being charged with kidnapping.

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