Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 23, 2013

Police: W.Va. man kidnapped, vowed to eat 3 people

Associated Press

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A Beckley man is behind bars, accused of kidnapping three adults and threatening to shoot and then eat them.

Forty-year-old John Will Jackson was in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $20,000 bond Tuesday.

State Police charged him with one count of attempted robbery and three counts of kidnapping.

Trooper D.T. Stallings says Jackson forced the victims to drive him to a tobacco store in Elkins early Sunday.

The Inter-Mountain ( says the victims were at a party in Beverly but left when a fight broke out. They told police Jackson indicated he had a weapon and demanded they take him to the store.

The victims say that Jackson repeatedly threatened to shoot, bite and eat them.

Stallings says Jackson didn't have a firearm. He only pretended to.