Kidnap suspect to appear in court
October 13, 2007
Craig — One of four suspects accused of felony criminal charges stemming from an alleged kidnapping and assault of a 27-year-old Craig woman is scheduled to appear in court next week.
Megan Crook, 21, also known as Megan Valenzuala, will appear for a status conference Oct. 16, court officials said. Court appearances for her alleged accomplices, James Barry, 31, Steven Casias, 30, and Ramona Brassard, 33, have yet to be scheduled, a court clerk said.
The four defendants face the same eight felony charges: criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, robbery, criminal extortion and menacing.
They also face one count of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
A criminal complaint indicates the incident occurred in September.
The suspects allegedly used a deadly weapon – an unknown ligature device – to harm the woman, attempted to cause her death, threatened her with a metal bar and took her from one place to another without her consent, according to the criminal complaint.
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They also robbed her of a bracelet, personal papers, makeup, keys, clothing, black-framed sunglasses and a marriage license by “the use of force, threats or intimidation,” the complaint indicates.
None of the four suspects have a criminal record in Routt County, according to a court clerk. Neither Brassard nor Casias have been convicted or face other charges in Moffat County.
Barry has two other cases pending in Moffat County. He faces at least three misdemeanor assault charges, obstructing a peace officer and driving under restraint.
Crook/Valenzuala has a previous felony conviction in Moffat County for tampering with a motor vehicle, and another case is pending. She faces possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance charges in the second case.
The criminal complaint cites a list of 14 potential witnesses, including investigators from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Craig Police Department.