Police: Penn Yan man forced relative to inject heroin against her will

Updated: 04/28/2014 12:27 AM
Created: 04/27/2014 1:01 PM WHEC.com

Police say a Penn Yan man was arrested after he threatened a woman with a knife, forced her to drive him to Greece to buy drugs and then injected her with heroin against her will.

28-year-old Paul West is charged with kidnapping, reckless endangerment, unlawful imprisonment, menacing, assault and criminal mischief. 

Police say the victim, who is related to West, told them that he came to her house in Penn Yan and demanded that she drive him to Greece so he could buy drugs. Officers say she refused and West became agitated and punched the victim in the face and body. She attempted to call 911 at that point, but police say West ripped the phone out of the wall.

According to investigators, the victim says West then held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her if she did to take him to Greece. Police say she complied, in fear of her life, and borrowed a car to bring him to the Rochester area.

The victim told police, West then bought drugs and forcibly injected her with heroin. The victim then had a medical reaction and lost consciousness. She was left in a parking lot where an ambulance later brought her to Unity Hospital in Greece.

Penn Yan Police later found West at his home. He was arraigned and taken to Yates County Jail.

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