Authorities Charge Group That Allegedly Kidnapped, Tortured and Held JBLM Soldier Hostage

After tying the victim up with an electrical cord, using a taser on him, punching and shooting him with a BB gun, one of the alleged kidnappers drove the victim around. Somehow, the victim convinced the driver to take him on base.

TACOMA, WA -- Drugs, kidnapping, torture and money.

Those are the key elements of a case involving four people who allegedly kidnapped and tortured a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier after they claimed he was a “snitch” and wanted ransom money.

The four people involved in the kidnapping, according to Pierce County Superior Court records, are: Frederick Walter Clifford, 34, Melissa Marie Parr, 33, Krista Mae James, 30 and Jacques Dumont Gerber, 33.

All four have been charged with first-degree kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment. Parr and Gerber face charges of drug possession with intent to deliver and unlawful use of a building for drug purposes.

Another woman, Brenda Dumont Gerber, 34, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

The charges - which were filed in Pierce County Superior Court on Monday- detail how an alleged drug deal turned into a nightmare for the JBLM soldier.



The trouble started on July 24, when the victim says Clifford picked him up and drove him to Parr’s trailer to buy methamphetamine. The victim admitted to police that he been buying from her since April.

After the deal, according to court papers, the victim went home but was asked to return to the trailer by Parr. He went back and hung out with Parr and two other people until 1 a.m.

That’s when another man showed up at the trailer and “told Parr that the victim was a snitch.”

“Parr and the first male then confronted the victim about being a snitch and pushed him up against the wall to check and see if he was ‘wired,’” according to court documents.

The victim says Parr, Clifford and Jacques Gerber then alletedly tied the victim up with an electrical cord and tortured him for the next several hours, according to court documents. That included allegedly using a taser, punching several times, including in the nose, and shooting him with a BB gun as many as “100 times.”

“This went on for several hours,” court documents state. “The victim said he did not fight back because he figured it would only make it worse.”

In the morning, Parr allegedly told the victim that he owed her $400 for being a snitch and ordered Clifford to take the victim to get money.


"Immediate cash"

For the next several hours, court papers state, Clifford took the victim to several places to try and obtain money.

Clifford even introduced the victim as a hostage to some people, and Clifford made the victim call family and friends to try and get money, court papers state.

But by the afternoon, the victim had talked Clifford into taking him to JBLM, “so he could go to a bank on post and get a credit card which would allow him to get some immediate cash.”

At that point, the victim had a clerk at the base gate call military police, who then contacted Lakewood Police.

Court papers don’t state exactly where or how police arrived to rescue the victim. What did happen, however, was that the authorities eventually arrested the four people whom police believe were present during the drug deal, kidnapping and torture.

Police searched the trailer and found 18 grams of methamphetamine in the room where Brenda Gerber was present during the kidnapping, along with her three children. In the northern part of the trailer, authorities found drug paraphernalia, a scale and four small baggies of methamphetamine. Authorities also discovered a pill bottle containing the drug Vicodin on Parr.

All of the defendants have been arraigned and are in Pierce County Jail. Their next court appearances are scheduled for September.

Dan July 31, 2012 at 11:57 PM
This story has nothing to do with him being a JBLM soldier. Replace that title with, 'drug addict', and it's a completely different, and more accurate, story. It's hard for me to feel any compassion for him.
mike August 01, 2012 at 01:46 AM
The former soldier, he will be dishonorably discharged for being a meth head,,
heidi August 01, 2012 at 04:21 AM
They should be tortured then killed.
Howard and Barbara Lee August 01, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Dan, you are entirely correct! Unless every person in the news is unemployed, it's interesting that an individuals employment is only selectively mentioned. There are many, many more JBLM soldiers who neither use drugs nor make poor choices. Unfortunately, stories about them don't sell newspapers! Howard
Bill S. August 01, 2012 at 04:13 PM
So because this soldier is a drug addict, he deserves to be kidnapped, beaten, tortured and extorted? You have NO compassion for him? He will be dealt with harshly by the US Army, as Mike correctly pointed out. Hopefully he'll accept the in-patient drug treatment program that the Army offers him prior to being administratively separated. The guy is still a human being who volunteered to defend our nationand did not deserve to be kidnapped, beaten, tortured and extorted, drug addict or not. I'm sure if this person was your own son, you might feel differently. Has it occurred to you that perhaps he has a drug problem because he's suffering from severe PTSD after serving numerous deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan? So much for supporting our troops, huh? At the very least I think he deserves some compassion, and the benefit of the doubt. Not just because he's a soldier, but because he's a fellow human being. As a Christian, I think Jesus would like it if we did at least that much. - Bill


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