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State Police say man was beaten, kicked and hit with crow bar

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Police had three people in custody after a harrowing break-in and brutal beating in Clay County.

Troopers still are working to determine exactly what happened early Sunday morning at the Ivydale home of Randall Lambey, 42, who remained at a local hospital with serious injuries Sunday evening.

Troopers said Shane Stephen Holbrook, 24, a 17-year-old boy, and a 13-year-old female forced their way into Lambey's Moore Fork Road home just after midnight.

Lambey told Bass he was sleeping in his bed when he heard what sounded like the door being smashed in, according to the criminal complaint. He was struck in the head and forced back into bed as he got up to check out the noise.

Lambey told the trooper he could hear the intruders screaming and acting crazy. They told him repeatedly they were going to kill him, according to the complaint.

He said he was then dragged to his kitchen where he was tied up on the floor and beaten. Lambey said the three beat, kicked and struck him repeatedly with what he thought was a crow bar. At one point during the incident, he said a gun was held beside his head and fired.

Bass said weapons were fired at Lambey at close range. He was not struck by any of the rounds, most of which went into the floor, Bass said.

"They came up here and worked this guy over," Bass said. "They had him bound on the floor for hours.

"They pummeled him."

Holbrook's mother, who is also Lambey's girlfriend, was in the home at the time of the incident, Bass said. She was detained for questioning Sunday.

Her name has not yet been released and she has not been charged. Her children also were in the home at the time of the incident. 

Bass said the suspects also tried to clean up the scene, cleaning blood up on the floor and trying to clean Lambey's face with rubbing alcohol, before they left the scene.

Holbrook left Lambey's home at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday with his mother and the children. Lambey went to a neighbor's house for help. The neighbor, whose name was not released, drove him to the State Police detachment in Ivydale where they met with Bass.

Bass said he immediately put out a 'be on the look out (BOLO)' for Holbrook's vehicle, advising officers to take caution because Holbrook was armed and earlier in the incident threatened to harm law enforcement.

The trooper said Lambey told him that an unidentified person turned around in his driveway during the incident. Lambey said he heard one of the suspects say "If that's the cops blast them," Bass recalled.

Word spread to the southern and outlying counties.

"The ball rolled pretty quick," Bass said of the alert being put out and the vehicle being located.

Putnam Deputy G.S. Scragg stopped the vehicle just after 9 a.m. Sunday near the entrance of the Liberty Square shopping plaza in Teays Valley. Hurricane police and Trooper C.M. Thornton also responded.

They found Holbrook in the vehicle with his mother and four juveniles including the 17-year-old boy and the 13-year-old girl and Holbrook's younger siblings aged 10 and 13.

A search of the vehicle turned up a .22-caliber rifle, a shotgun and a flat pry bar in the trunk of the vehicle. A .22-caliber pistol "loaded and ready to go" was found under the driver's seat, Thornton said.

Holbrook was believed to have been under the influence of controlled substances, Thornton said. While sitting in the back of Thornton's cruiser he told the trooper his intention had been to kill Lambey.

The two young children were released to family members Sunday afternoon. As of Sunday evening Holbrook's mother remained in police custody for questioning.

Holbrook and the 17-year-old boy were taken into custody. The 13-year-old female was released to her parents.

Holbrook was being held at Western Regional Jail on a $105,000 bond. The teen was taken to Tiger Morton Juvenile Center.

Holbrook and the teen boy faced charges of kidnapping, burglary of a dwelling, wanton endangerment, unlawful assault and conspiracy of a felony.

Troopers still are investigating the incident. More arrests and charges are possible, troopers said.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at or 304-348-4850. 


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