Bluefield man arrested, accused of lying about kidnapping claim

A Bluefield, Virginia man is accused of making a false statement to police relating to the claim that he was kidnapped, drugged, and robbed.

Larry Wayne Price, Jr. 38, was arrested late last week and is currently being held in Southwest Regional Jail in Abingdon on a federal charge.

According to U.S. Attorney Brian McGinn, in the early morning hours of April 14, 2018, Price’s wife reported him missing to the Bluefield, Virginia Police Department. 

"The Bluefield PD, along with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office began an intense missing person’s investigation that would later include the Virginia State Police’s helicopter resources, canine resources and hundreds of federal, state, and local investigative man-hours," said U.S. Attorney Brian McGinn.

Price was found 19 hours later by a passerby on the side of Route 61 near Gratton, Virginia. He was taken to the hospital and was interviewed by a detective with the Bluefield, Virginia Police Dept. During that interview, Price claimed "he was kidnapped by two, unknown white males, drugged and held against his will until he was thrown out of a van near where he was found." During the alleged ordeal, Price told the detective he was taken to a business he owns in Mercer County, Hawg Pit Cycles. Price said his keys were taken and the shop’s safe was robbed. Price also stated the unknown assailants pointed a gun at him and took his handgun and pocketknife.

"According to the affidavit, these statements of the defendant and other statements that he made to federal law enforcement agents were false because Price was, in fact, consensually with another person during the time period he claimed to be kidnapped," said McGinn.

A hearing was held Friday in front of U.S. Judge Pamela Meade Sargent. She ordered him in custody and set a $500,000 secured bond. If Price is able to post bond, he’ll be required to wear a GPS tracking device.

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