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Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A fourth person has been accused in a Fayette County kidnapping plot that ended when the victim escaped by causing a head-on collision between two pickups, police said Monday.

Harley Davis King, 37, of Point Marion was charged with 40 criminal counts, including kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle, conspiracy, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Police earlier charged Ronald Lee Smith, 37, of Masontown and Christopher Nicholas Foster, 25, and Jessica Lane Jones, 34, both of Point Marion, in the plot.

In a criminal complaint, state 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, King and at least two others could confront him about 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 King, 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,” the victim “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.

King and Smith are in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $50,000 and $75,000 bond respectively. Foster is free on $25,000 unsecured bond, and Jones is free after posting a $50,000 percentage bond. Charges were filed with Masontown District Judge Randy Abraham. All four are scheduled to appear before Abraham at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 22 for preliminary hearings.

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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