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Martinsburg Man Accused Of Holding Woman, 74, Captive

Reported: Jan. 31, 2014 1:50 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 31, 2014 2:36 PM EST
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- State Police said a Martinsburg man has been charged with holding a 74-year-old woman captive at his residence for several days and forcing her to transfer money out of her bank accounts.

State Police Sgt. Michael Baylous said Friday that Alvero A. Vilela, 49, is charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, extortion, and violent crimes and financial exploitation of the elderly.

A State Police statement said Trooper C.J. Hill in Charles Town responded to a complaint Jan. 24 that the woman hadn't been seen for several days. State police didn't release her name.

After friends began receiving phone calls and emails from the victim, Hill used phone records to track the calls originating from Vilela's residence.

Vilela was arrested Wednesday. He's being on $100,000 bond at the Eastern Regional Jail.

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