Defendant fled on foot from magistrate court; also wanted in Pike Co.

Last updated: August 29. 2013 9:28AM - 7007 Views

Kyle Lovern/WDN PhotoCrystal Davidson is shown at her arraignment Wednesday morning before Mingo County Magistrate Dee Sidebottom. Williamson patrolman Jarrod Marcum is shown in the background.
Kyle Lovern/WDN PhotoCrystal Davidson is shown at her arraignment Wednesday morning before Mingo County Magistrate Dee Sidebottom. Williamson patrolman Jarrod Marcum is shown in the background.
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Rachel Baldwin


Staff Writer


WILLIAMSON - A Williamson resident that is no stranger to the judicial system in Mingo County and who has an extensive arrest record has now found her allegedly extending her criminal activities across the Tug River into Pike County, Ky.


Crystal Rachelle Davidson, 26, of Vinson Street in Williamson, was scheduled to appear in Mingo County Magistrate Court Wednesday morning for a preliminary hearing on charges of obstructing an officer and public intoxication that stemmed from an arrest on August 17 of this year.


Shortly after arriving at the Memorial Annex Building, Davidson reportedly overheard officers speaking amongst themselves about a warrant out of Kentucky that had been filed against the defendant following an indictment by the Pike County Grand Jury, and managed to flee the building without being seen by law enforcement officers. She was taken into custody a short time later after an employee with the Williamson Branch of the W.Va. Department of Health and Human Resources reported to police that Davidson was hiding inside a restroom in their building on Third Avenue.


Davidson, who according to a magistrate court clerk, has been arrested in Mingo County on 15 different occasions between the years of 2007 and 2013, was indicted in Kentucky after evidence was presented to the grand jury by Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy Billy McCoy, who investigated a case of first degree robbery (Class B Felony) and three separate counts of theft by unlawful taking that occurred at the Goody, Ky. Wal-Mart.


The indictment provided by the Commonwealth Attorney’s office in Pikeville states on the 25th of April, 2013, Davidson committed the act of 1st degree robbery when, in the course of committing a theft from Wal-Mart, used or threatened the immediate use of physical force with the intent of accomplishing the theft, and either caused physical injury to Daniel Igebear (the store manager), or; while armed with a deadly weapon or while using or threatening the immediate use of a dangerous instrument upon a person not a participant in the crime. The indictment further states that on the dates of March 3rd, June 14th and June 15th of this year, Davidson allegedly stole merchandise that on one occasion, held a value of more than $500 and less than $500 on the two remaining dates.


Davidson was taken into custody by Williamson Patrolman Jarrod Marcum and after being arraigned on the fugitive from justice charge and fleeing from a police officer by Magistrate Dee Sidebottom, was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden where she will remain without bond until she is extradited to the Pike County Detention Center to face the Kentucky charges.

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