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Woman rescued from alleged kidnappers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A woman kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend and his friend and then driven around Roane County at gunpoint was rescued by her mother before the men were arrested, State Police say.

Cpl. P.S. Fisher was dispatched late Monday to investigate after Mary Runnion called to report that her daughter Dawn Roush, 28, had been at a school bus stop in Pigeon when she was forced at gunpoint into a vehicle by her ex-boyfriend, Rodney Mark Workman, 28, of Clay, according to a complaint filed in Roane Magistrate Court.

Runnion told troopers Roush jumped out of the vehicle, a 2000 maroon Chevrolet Blazer, in the area of Grannies Creek Bridge. Runnion picked up her daughter there and fled to call for help.

Fisher wrote in the complaint that Roush, whose sweatshirt was covered in blood, was shaking and nervous when he spoke to her and had numerous bruises on her neck, cheeks and arms.

Roush told troopers she had gotten a ride to the bus stop and was waiting for the bus when Workman opened the vehicle door and grabbed her. She said he threatened the others in the vehicle.

"He said he would shoot us all and showed that he had something in the waist of his jeans," Roush said in the complaint. "I fought him, kicking and screaming."

She said he dragged her to the Blazer, where Workman's friend, Tim "Fluff" Drake, 31, of Newton, was waiting behind the wheel.

"I begged him to let me go; I begged the driver too," she said in the complaint.

She said Workman pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and jammed it into her back and ribs, telling her, "I am going to shoot you in the back of the head and dump your body out, b--h."

Workman told Drake to pull up to a gate near a field, she said, and then told her, "I'm going to shoot you in the head and dump your body, and if your mom shows up, I'm going to shoot her, too."

Roush told troopers that Workman and Drake "reeked" of alcohol and that Workman told her he was "high as hell." She said Workman was bleeding from his arm and bled onto her.   

Travis Shafer and his wife, Jessica, witnessed the incident and told troopers Workman smelled strongly of alcohol.

Roush obtained a domestic violence petition against Workman at Roane Magistrate Court late Monday.

Troopers arrested Workman and Drake late Monday after searching for more than an hour.

Drake was charged with kidnapping and conspiracy to commit felony kidnapping.  Workman was charged with kidnapping, brandishing, wanton endangerment, conspiracy to commit felony kidnapping, domestic assault and domestic battery.

Both men are being held without bond at South Central Regional Jail.

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


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