A woman who allegedly broke into an Elkins residence and then provided police with false information about her identity is being held on a $75,000 cash-only bond, while police are still searching for a male suspect believed to be with her at the time of the alleged crime.
Corcia Michelle Ramey, 33, address unknown, remained in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of presstime Thursday after she and an unidentified male subject were arrested Wednesday for allegedly breaking into a residence on Elm Street while the owner was at home sleeping.
According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate's Clerk's office, Sgt. S.R. Judy and Cpl. A.M. Channell with the Elkins Police Department responded to a call from the resident, who told emergency dispatchers he had been woken up by his barking dog and believed someone was in his house.
When officers arrived at the residence at approximately 1:57 a.m., they made contact with the resident through an upstairs window. The man said he believed someone was still downstairs and officers then heard "what sounded like someone moving rapidly" through the house, the complaint states.
Officers subsequently spotted a person in the basement through a window and entered the basement, where they found an adult female - later identified as Ramey - hiding among various items.
Ramey allegedly initially resisted arrest but became compliant and was taken into custody after police sprayed her in the face with pepper spray. Police discovered a basement window that appeared to have been broken from the inside, and Ramey said she had been with a man who escaped out the window prior to the officer's arrival.
Police then searched Ramey and found a small pink change purse containing foreign coins that the homeowner said belonged to his wife, according to the complaint.
When officers questioned Ramey at the Elkins Police Department, she identified herself as an Elkins woman with whom police were familiar. She also provided officers with that woman's date of birth and a Social Security number that was just one digit off the Elkins woman's Social Security number.
According to the report, officers also found several inconsistencies in Ramey's account of what had transpired at the Elm Street residence.
Police are still searching for the man involved in the incident; anyone with any information is asked to contact the EPD at 304-636-0678.
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