Charges will go to grand jury in August

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By Tom Wilmoth

Charges against a Stuarts Draft man for abducting a 59-year-old Bedford County woman were certified to the grand jury during a hearing in General District Court last Friday.

Daniel Bruce Largin, 62, faces charges of abduction with the intent to defile and breaking and entering with the intent to commit rape from an alleged incident that took place May 20. If convicted, he could face from 20 years to life on each charge.

Largin also faces a felony charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle from a prior alleged incident.

Following Friday's preliminary hearing in General District Court, Judge Thomas Frith certified all three felony charges to the upcoming Bedford County grand jury.

An attempted rape charge was dismissed against Largin.

The woman Largin allegedly abducted testified Friday that she had been staying at a friend's home in Stewartsville where she said the incident took place. She said Largin approached her while she was sitting on the porch.

"I knew he wasn't supposed to be there," she stated, referring back to an alleged incident in which Largin is accused of taking her friend's truck and wrecking it. "He kept saying, 'Let's go inside, I want to talk.'"

She said Largin pulled her inside the house, and made crude statements about what he wanted to do to her. She said she was able to escape when Largin attempted to lock the screen door and she ran across to a neighbor's house.

"As I'm running, he's behind me trying to catch me," she testified.

Largin was arrested at a bar in Franklin County by Detective Sampson Boone of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, following a tip that he might be there, Boone testified during Friday's hearing.

Boone said Largin, who was driving a rental vehicle, told him he hadn't been at that house where the incident allegedly took place in months.