CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A Berkeley County man is facing a list of charges for allegedly kidnapping an elderly woman, holding her against her will for six days and forcing her to transfer money out of her bank accounts.

State Police arrested Alvaro Vilela, 49, of Martinsburg after troopers said they found the victim, a 74-year old woman from Harpers Ferry, held captive in his home on Tuesday.

The victim said Vilela had forced his way into her home and beaten her before tying her up and kidnapping her.  For almost a week, she was forced to make monetary transactions from his Martinsburg home.

A friend of the victim first notified State Police on Friday, Jan. 24 to report her concerns about her safety because the woman had not been seen or heard from for several days.

During the next few days, troopers said other friends of the victim started receiving brief and “cryptic” phone calls and e-mails from the woman.

Trooper C.J. Hill received a similar call on Tuesday, Jan. 28 and, when he tried to call the woman back, said he could not do so because the phone was out of service.  After that, financial institutions started notifying State Police of the victim’s financial transfers which were considered out of character.

Hill reportedly used phone records to track the phone the victim was using to Vilela’s home in Martinsburg where the victim was found.

She was being treated for injuries sustained while in Vilela’s custody.

Vilela was charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, violent crimes against the elderly, extortion and financial exploitation of the elderly.

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Comments

  • Brian

    Why don't we do labor camps and chain gangs anymore? It seems to me the state should be able to lock trash like this up and mitigate the cost of imprisoning him by getting some free labor out of the deal. In situations like this one, it also wouldn't be too hard to get me to go along with prolonged torture. Idk, but I think it would serve as a pretty good deterrent if potential criminals knew their likely future was hard labor by day and torture by night.

  • jay ziehm

    another reason why this state needs the death penalty. at least keep him behind bars until trial. If some judge or magistrate sets bail for this useless piece of donkey do he needs to be run out of office.

  • IRON HORSE

    GO AHEAD & HANG THIS EVIL BASTARD!!!! BECAUSE LOCKING HIM UP & LETTING HIM GO IN A FEW YEARS IS NOT THE ANSWER NEXT TIME HE WON'T GET CAUGHT SO EASY & HE WILL MURDER IF HE ALREADY HASN'T!!!

  • Kelly

    What a waste of blood.

  • shepherd

    What a dirtbag.. If this was my grandma that old boy would be in a world of hurt.

  • CPA

    Needs removed from this life.

    • Teufel

      Nicely stated....

  • Pocahontas Man

    put him in jail and throw away the key.

  • Bill

    Sounds like this poor lady is extremely lucky to have been found alive. Our WV State Troopers come to the rescue once again!

  • Mountain Boy

    Sounds like a real tuff-guy... I hope they put him under the jail- despicable!