- Apr 13
MPD Makes Arrest in Kidnaping & Strangulation Case
On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at approximately 4:15 a.m. officers from the Martinsburg Police Department responded to 104 S. Kentucky Avenue for a welfare check in reference to a 911 hang-up call. Officers were unable to make contact at that time and did not locate any signs of distress.
Shortly thereafter, officers were dispatched to a nearby apartment in reference to a domestic incident that had already occurred. Pfc. E. Gibbons located the victim who had visible injuries to her face. The victim advised Officer Gibbons that she and Mr. Willys Cassamajor had gotten into an argument at 104 S. Kentucky Avenue, which escalated to a serious physical altercation. The victim advised that she was forced to sit in a corner and held against her will for several hours. At approximately 4:30 a.m., the victim was able to escape the residence with her child and contacted police.
Pfc. Gibbons subsequently obtained warrants for the arrest of Mr. Willys Cassamajor for kidnaping and strangulation. At approximately 9:45 a.m. officers attempted to arrest Mr. Cassamajor at his residence. A male was observed at the window of the house, but no one would answer the door. The department received information that Mr. Cassamajor had recently purchased a firearm, so MPD’s Special Response Team and Hostage Negotiator, Detective Corporal Luciano were called to the scene.
Once he arrived, Corporal Luciano was able to establish communication with the suspect, who was inside the residence. After speaking with Corporal Luciano, Ms. Cassamajor agreed to come outside and was taken into custody without incident.
Deputy Chief George Swartwood praised the work of all parties involved in safely taking the dangerous suspect into custody:
“The professionalism and training shown by our officers was simply outstanding. There was great work done by our Patrol units in securing the perimeter and keeping everyone in the area safe, our Special Response Team in their prompt response and safe arrest of the suspect, Corporal Luciano in outstanding negotiation with the suspect, and also the community in assisting our officers while they performed their duties through their patience and orderly demeanor during the incident.”