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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Woman jailed, friend jailed for attempting to prevent her arrest

  • KEYSER – A Keyser woman was jailed this weekend on felony burglary and grand larceny charges, and a Keyser man faces felony charges for attempting to prevent her arrest.
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  • From Staff Reports
    KEYSER – A Keyser woman was jailed this weekend on felony burglary and grand larceny charges, and a Keyser man faces felony charges for attempting to prevent her arrest.
    Kayla M. Suter, 21, was being held Tuesday at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $22,000 bond following her arrest Friday morning. Also incarcerated at the jail is Joseph S. Pratt, 34, who was charged as an accessory after the fact for attempting to help Suter avoid arrest.
    According to Keyser City Police, officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Suter Friday morning at a residence on Potomac Drive. However, nearby residents advised the officers that no one was home.
    Believing that Suter was indeed in the house, officers left the immediate vicinity but maintained a watch on the residence. A short time later, a taxi cab appeared and Suter and Pratt entered the vehicle.
    They were arrested following a traffic stop on the cab.
    In addition to the felony burglary and grand larceny charges that relate to offenses in West Virginia, Suter was also charged as a fugitive from justice from Allegany County, Md.
    Upon her arrest, police said, Suter was charged as well with misdemeanor drug possession for carrying a syringe with suspected heroin residue, as well as a marijuana pipe and a quantity of suspected marijuana.
    Pratt was charged with aiding and abetting for his role in trying to shepherd Suter from the Potomac Street residence. Upon his arrest, officers learned that Pratt was also wanted on a failure-to-appear charge. He was being held Tuesday at Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $8,000 bond.

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