Authorities say all three men allegedly involved in the incident were from Logan County and that one of them faces serious charges in Logan County as well.
Richard Lee Salyers, 28, of Chapmanville, was arrested in Boone County by Deputy J.R. Dalton and Lt. D.R. Browning of the Boone County Sheriff's Department for armed robbery, kidnapping and destruction of property on May 3.
He was booked at the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden at 5:50 p.m.
Cecil Shane Bartram, 29, of Chapmanville, was arrested in Boone County by the BCSD for armed robbery and kidnapping on May 3. He was booked at the regional jail at 5:50 p.m.
Andrew Jackson Belcher, 40, of Man, was arrested in Boone County by the BCSD for armed robbery and kidnapping on May 3. He was booked at the regional jail at 10:25 p.m.
"They allegedly robbed a guy at the coal mine and took a lug wrench to him and kidnapped him," Magistrate Dwight Williamson said Tuesday morning. "They were local guys arrested in Boone County and arraigned in Boone County by the magistrates there. The initial criminal complaints were filled out there and warrants were issued from there and executed by Boone County deputies. However, one of the men has charges in Logan County in conjunction with the brother of one of the other men. He will be arraigned on those charges (Tuesday)."
The kidnapping and robbery incident took place at the Long Branch 27 Mine site located at Farley Fork Road in Boone County.
According to police reports, on April 25, Salyers, Bartram and Belcher allegedly “did detain the victim against his will by using a lug nut wrench and threaten(ed) to cause bodily harm to the victim.
"Once the defendant, along with his codefendants, detained the victim, he was then bound with his hands and feet taped up behind his back," the report continues. "Once the victim was completely bound, the defendant along with (the) codefendants loaded up a man trip with mine supplies and drove the mantrip to the defendant's truck, which was parked away from the mine site, loaded the truck with (the) items then fled in the truck. The victim was left tied up for close to one and a half hours before he was able to free himself and call for help.”
The trio allegedly took $175,989.27 in stolen goods.
In addition, Richard Salyers is charged with destruction of property and armed robbery charges in Logan County based on a criminal complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Trooper P.J. Dick and another by Tpr. J.D. Hensley.
According to one complaint, on Dec. 26, 2009, Salyers and another man allegedly committed armed robbery.
"According to the victim and witness, Salyers asked the victim for a ride to Green Valley in the Man area of Logan County,” the police report states. “Once at the Green Valley Bridge, Salyers pulled a knife and placed it at the victim's throat, then asked for all of his money."
The other individual who was related to one of the kidnappers in the Boone County case "was a lookout for Salyers and both left together after the incident."
The next report states that on Dec. 20, Salyers allegedly ran into the fence of another individual at Mallory while driving an old green automobile. "Salyers stated that he did not have insurance but would return to fix the fence," the report states. "Salyers never returned to the residence to fix the fence."