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Four charged with kidnapping JBLM soldier for “snitch” money

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 31, 2012 at 6:39 am |
July 31, 2012 11:23 am

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was kidnapped and tortured last week by four people who sold him drugs and then demanded money because they thought he was a snitch, authorities said.

Pierce County prosecutors on Monday charged Frederick Clifford, 34; Melissa Parr, 33; Krista James, 30; and Jacques Gerber, 33, with first-degree kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment. Gerber and Parr also face charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful use of a building for drug purposes. Brenda Gerber, 34, is charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

The 23-year-old victim reported the incident early Wednesday after convincing Clifford to take him to the JBLM gate so he could get cash from a bank on post. Instead, he asked a clerk at the gate to call Lakewood police.

Prosecutors said the soldier was tied up with an electrical cord, tased, shot with a pellet gun more than 100 times and repeatedly punched while being held in Parr’s trailer in the 14600 block of Union Avenue SW.

According to charging papers:

The victim told detectives he had been buying drugs from Parr since April, and made a purchase Tuesday. After arriving home, Parr called the victim and asked him to return so he did.

About 1 a.m. Wednesday, Jacques Gerber showed up and told Parr the victim was a snitch. They checked to see if he was wearing a wire, then tied him up and tortured him for several hours.

“The victim said he did not fight back because he figured it would only make it worse,” documents state.

Later that morning, Parr demanded $400 from the victim for being a snitch and ordered Clifford to take him to get the money.

Clifford drove him several places and told people the soldier was a hostage before agreeing to take the victim to the JBLM gate.

Brenda Gerber was not involved in the kidnapping but was charged because she lived in one of the rooms with her husband, Jacques Gerber, and their children. While serving a search warrant, police found 18 grams of meth in her room near her driver’s license.

James admitted she was in the trailer when the victim arrived and watched him being shot with a pellet gun and tased. She told police she only went along with it because she is afraid of Parr and Jacques Gerber.

Parr told police Jacques Gerber was her drug supplier. Detectives found a bottle of Vicodin on her when she was arrested. They found four baggies of meth, a scale and other drug paraphernalia while searching her trailer.

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