Last week I posted to The Daily Weekly about a case in Pierce County in which five people are charged with first-degree kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment after a soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord says he was tied up with an electrical cord, shot with a BB gun more than 100 times, punched, and tased after a man at the trailer where he'd been buying drugs for several months accused him of being a snitch.
Charging documents filed in Pierce County Court yesterday contend that the victim had been buying drugs from 33-year-old Melissa Parr since April. Last week, when the victim visited Parr's trailer in the 14600 block of Union Avenue SW in Lakewood, he went home with drugs, but was later asked by Parr to come back. That's when authorities say he had the unfortunate luck of meeting Jacques Gerber and Frederick Clifford, and things took a decided turn for the worse.
According to charging documents:
The victim gave an interview to Detective Jordan that he had originally gone to PARR's trailer on July 24, 2012, to purchase methamphetamine. The victim said he had been purchasing from her since April. The victim said he went home and was then contacted again by PARR who asked him to return to the trailer. The victim returned and hung out with PARR and another male and female until 1:00 AM. At this time another male showed up and told PARR that the victim was a snitch. PARR and the first male then confronted the victim about being a snitch and pushed him up against the wall to check to see if he was "wired." The two used a taser on him and shot him several times with a pellet gun and tied him up with an electrical cord. The victim said he did not fight back because he figured it would only make it worse. This went on for several hours. In the morning, PARR told the victim he owed her $400 for being a snitch. PARR told CLIFFORD to take the victim out to get the money. CLIFFORD told some people he was a hostage and this went on for several hours. When the victim convinced CLIFFORD to take him on base, this was when he told the clerk he was being held against his will.
Not surprisingly, the case of a drug-buy JBLM soldier being kidnapped and tortured inspired some commentary. However, not all the commentary was expected, like an opinion from commenter drakewayne who saw the situation as a prime opportunity to provide an airsoft safety lesson.
As drakewayne writes:
Things like this is going to kill the sport of airsoft. I know its a pellet gun but still. We all need to make sure we are practicing airsoft safety at all time. If everyone could please give themselves a refresher course and read this here http://www.airsplat.com/airsoft-safety.htm thank you.