Man accused of kidnapping woman, burning her with torch


A man has been accused of kidnapping a woman and burning her with a torch in Philippi, West Virginia.

Sammy J. Martz allegedly threatened to kill the woman, hitting her “all over” her body, sitting on her and burning her stomach and leg with a flashlight. The victim escaped through a window and hid on the porch of a nearby house, according to court documents obtained by the Hon. wtv in West Virginia.

In a criminal complaint obtained by WBOY-TV in West Virginia, the woman told officers she escaped the house through a back window and ran to hide after Martz threatened to kill her and burned her.

Officers from the Philippi Police Department went to a house after responding to a domestic disturbance call on Jan. 24.

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The police arrived and found the woman hiding on the porch of a house, and told officers that Martz “hit her in the face,” causing her “swollen eye” to close, WBOY reported.

While the woman was being treated for her wounds, he informed the police that Martz was still in the house and had a gun. Officers entered the residence, and moments later, Martz exited a back bedroom and was arrested, WBOY noted.

The unidentified woman she was transported to a local hospital to have her injuries treated, WDTV noted.

In an interview with police, Martz, 47, told officers he struck the woman and “burned her with a flashlight on at least three occasions,” according to WBOY.

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