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Point Marion man accused in kidnapping plot

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A second Fayette County man has been accused in a kidnapping plot that ended when the victim escaped by causing a head-on collision between two pickups, according to police.

Christopher Nicholas Foster, 25, of Point Marion was charged Friday with 29 criminal counts, including kidnapping, aggravated assault, conspiracy, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Police last week charged Ronald Lee Smith, 37, of Masontown in the same plot. Smith faces 42 criminal counts, including kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle, false imprisonment, robbery, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.

In a criminal complaint, Trooper Nathaniel Lieberum said a 24-year-old man was lured to the parking lot of Johnny's Part 2 bar in Georges on July 18 so Smith, Foster and at least three others could confront him over a purse that allegedly had been stolen.

The victim was struck with a “pipe-looking object,” according to the complaint, and then was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head.

Smith, Foster and the others forced the victim at gunpoint into a pickup driven by Harley Davis King, 37, police said.

Smith and King took the victim's cellphones and King displayed a small-caliber pistol, police said, as the three rode in the truck.

When Smith and King told their captive “they were taking him to the mountains to break his legs and kill him,” he “grabbed the wheel and crashed the truck to escape” on Seghi Road, according to the complaint.

The head-on crash sent the victim and the driver of the other pickup, Christine L. Roszac, 38, to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. Her son, 8-year-old Kaiser Roszac, was taken to Uniontown Hospital, according to the complaint.

Smith was treated at Uniontown Hospital. King was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital, police said.

Smith is in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bond. Foster is wanted on an arrest warrant.

Charges were filed with Masontown District Judge Randy Abraham. Smith is to appear before Abraham on Sept. 17 for a preliminary hearing.

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or lzemba@tribweb.com.

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