Two extradited back to WV for hogtying and robbing man in Beckley

Raleigh County

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Two people from Raleigh County have been extradited back to West Virginia for hogtying a man in his home and then robbing him, according to police. 

Beckley police said the the investigation began on January 20, 2018 when they were called to a home along Sunset Avenue for an assault complaint. Police said a newspaper delivery driver reported hearing someone yelling for help. Police then found a man on the porch of the home with his ankles and wrist bound together. 

The victim said he was assaulted and tied up by a man and woman he did not know. He told police he was driving along Robert C. Byrd drive when he saw a woman sitting along the roadway. He said because of the cold temperatures, he asked the woman, later identified as Debra Yates, if she needed a ride. Yates told him she was hungry, so he drove to a fast food restaurant and bought her food. When he returned, Yates reportedly had a man, later identified as Ben Jacobs Junior, with her. The two told the victim they needed a ride to Greenbrier County. 

The victim said before driving them to Greenbrier County, he stopped at his home. That’s where the woman hit him in the head, and began hitting and kicking him while Jacobs restrained him with handcuffs, tape and an extension chord.  The man told police Yates and Jacobs went through his home and stole several things including guns, jewelry and medication. The two left him tied up in the kitchen and stole his vehicle 

Police interviewed Yates who allegedly admitted to stealing items from the home, but said the victim gave her and Jacobs permission to take his vehicle. 

Detective Pannell said Jacobs and Yates both ran to Baltimore before an arrest could be made. Police said the the pair ended up behind bars for other crimes in the Baltimore area. Yates and Jacobs were extradited back to West Virginia on Tuesday, September 11 in connection to this crime. 

Jacobs is charged with first degree robbery, kidnapping, malicious wounding and grand larceny. 59 News is working to learn Yates’ charges. 

Both are in jail with no bond. 

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