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Detectives Say Kidnapping, Rape Suspect Caught On Camera Driving Victim's Car

Reported: Mar. 20, 2014 6:20 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 20, 2014 8:41 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin) -- Investigators laid out their case against a Kanawha County man accused of rape and kidnapping in court on Monday.

Michael Salisbury said nothing during his preliminary hearing, but investigators presented detailed testimony against him, most of it too graphic to publish.

(Eyewitness News is not identifying where the alleged rape and kidnapping took place in order to conceal the victim's identity.)

Salisbury showed no emotion as the case that could put him away for life unfolded in court. Investigators going into vivid detail about how they say he broke into a woman's home through a window, forced her to do meth, raped, and eventually kidnapped her for several hours.

"She had been awakened by a male sitting on her bed wearing a ski mask," Kanawha County Sheriff's Office Detective Dave Duff testified.

Salisbury allegedly telling the victim if she wanted to live, should would do what he told her. He allegedly forced her to perform sex acts on him while he videotaped it with a cell phone. Detectives have that video as evidence, saying the man on the tape can be heard threatening her.

"It would be real easy to make it look like she got drunk and drowned," Duff said, speaking about what was heard on the cell phone tape recording.

More incriminating video surfacing at a local ATM where deputies say he used the victim's credit card. Eyewitness News also obtained video surveillance from an Elkview grocery store that deputies said shows Salisbury driving the victim's car with her still inside.

Initially they had little to work with to identify him, only knowing they were searching for a man named "Mike," but it was the victim who recognized his picture on Facebook that eventually led to his arrest.

"Someone had suggested to her that she look at Michael Dale Salisbury on Facebook," Duff said.

Salisbury's defense attorney was quick to point out the lack of testimony from the victim in court. John Sullivan said the detective's testimony was hearsay, and asked the case be dismissed.

"No body came here to this courtroom and told you personally that the person did this to her and idenfitied him as the person," Sullivan said.

Magistrate Kim Aaaron found probable cause and sent the case to circuit court.

Detectives said Salisbury admitted he was at the home, but claims he stopped there to ask for a ride and ended up being invited inside. Detectives say evidence found at the scene matches up to the victim's story.

Salisbury is being held without bond. A circuit judge must address his bond because kidnapping is a capital offense.



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