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Former Army Ranger charged in kidnapping of Tenino man

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Aug. 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
August 16, 2011 11:19 am

From Jeremy Pawloski at our sister paper, The Olympian

A former Army Ranger who helps rehabilitate wounded soldiers with Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Warrior Transition Battalion is accused of breaking into a man’s Tenino home Friday night, kidnapping him, beating him and then abandoning him on a roadside.

The soldier, Sgt. Shannon Lee Bussey, and a second, unidentified man, are accused of kidnapping and beating the victim after the victim had been involved in a domestic dispute with a friend’s mother.

The two suspects are accused in court papers of holding the victim down on a bed in the home and holding his arms behind his back as they shouted out to him, “you will not hurt her.”

Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cheryl Stines said Monday that police reports indicate the victim’s wife called her adult children for help Friday night because she was afraid and felt a domestic dispute with her husband could have turned physical. The domestic dispute was over paying the rent for their home, court papers state. The woman’s adult children could not go to the home themselves after their mother called them, so one of them called their friend, Sgt. Bussey, according to court papers. Bussey, 25, of Buckley, was ordered held at the Thurston County Jail during a court hearing Monday on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault, with bail set at $25,000.

Stines said Monday that investigators are still trying to identify and apprehend a second man also accused of participating in the home invasion and assault Saturday night. Sgt. Bussey is assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Warrior Transition Battalion, where he works in the adaptive sports program.

The battalion’s adaptive sports program works with rehabilitating injured soldiers so they can participate in physical competitive activity.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Skookumchuck Road near Tenino about 10 p.m. Friday night after receiving 911 calls that a man was staggering in the roadway, bleeding from the mouth and nose, with his arms duct-taped behind his back and his t-shirt pulled up over the top of his head, court paper state. According to court papers:

The victim’s adult wife had called her children Saturday evening while she was having a domestic dispute with her husband. She said her husband “had become increasingly agitated and violent, hitting the walls with his hands, but had not struck her.” She suggested to her children that they come to the home and remove her husband. A family friend later arrived to remove the woman’s 13-year-old son.

The woman said that soon thereafter, two men entered the home, put her husband in a vehicle, and drove away. She said she identified one of the men as Bussey. She said she did not call law enforcement, because she did not believe the men were going to hurt her husband, Stines said.

The woman’s son later told sheriff’s deputies that he had called his friend, Bussey, to check on his mother. Sheriff’s deputies found blood in the street near the home and blood near the front door of the couple’s home on Steelhead Court in Tenino.

Bussey, who has no prior criminal history, was arrested early Saturday morning at JBLM and placed in the custody of the sheriff’s department.

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