CAMDEN A Camden woman had her first appearance in court related to kidnapping, residential burglary and terroristic threatening charges.
Takria Burnell, 18, was given a $15,000 bond and told to have no contact with Desaray Clarke, a woman she and Dhasia Wade allegedly kidnapped while posting a video of the two beating Clarke on Facebook.
Wade was given $25,000 bond at her first appearance in June and told to have no contact with Desaray Clarke. Wade will also be appointed a public defender.
Court documents state that Camden Police Department’s Lt. Ben Opelt, Detective Alec Faulkner, and Officer Jacob VanAssche were dispatched to a residence on Johnson Street in reference to a residential burglary report in early June. The reporting party stated that Wade had kicked the door in and kidnapped Desaray Clarke. Opelt and VanAssche went to 310 Johnson and made contact with Desaray Clarke and Wilson Rogers III. Clarke stated she was inside the residence when she heard a loud bang to the front door and two black females - later identified as Wade and Burnell - went inside the home and began attacking her.
Clarke stated she was punched in the face and head multiple times and also hit in the head multiple times with the hilt of a fixed-blade knife Wade was carrying. Wade reportedly then dragged Clarke outside of the residence by her hair. She went on to say the two girls dragged her down the road toward Carver Street to a parked car on Stewart Street.
Clarke was placed in the car and the girls put her on Facebook Live saying they had kidnapped her, and were going to kill her and take her back to where she was from. Clarke said they stopped at a the Day ‘N Night convenience store/gas station, and that’s when she noticed her boyfriend, Rogers, pull up at the same gas station. She said Wade ran out of the store and began trying to leave with her still in the car, but Rogers was able to stop her by ramming Wade’s car with his own and disabling it. Clarke said she ran into Rogers car and Wade got out and jumped on the hood of the car with a knife. Clarke said they drove off and the woman fell off the hood and they went back to the home on Johnson Street where they called the police.
Rogers stated that Wade called him and told him that she needed to meet with him at the park and because she made it sound like it was an emergency, he went to see what was wrong. He stated that after he got to the park, he got a call from Wade saying that she had Clarke. Rogers said he just so happened to drive by the gas station and was able to see Wade’s car. He then blocked her off to try and prevent her from leaving and began telling Clarke to get into his car. He said Wade ran from out of the store and began backing up trying to get away, so he hit the front tire of the car trying to prevent it from leaving. Rogers went on to say Clarke got into his car, and corroborated Clarke’s story that Wade got out and jumped on his hood with a knife yelling and screaming. Rogers said he drove away trying to get away from Wade and while doing so Wade fell off the car.
The report states that CPD officers were informed by Rogers that Wade had moved out of his home “a couple months ago” and that he though Wade had been living in Arkadelphia since then.
The incident reports states that Clarke said Wade had a kitchen knife and had threatened to use it on her while she was being dragged to the car and after she was inside of the car. She went on to say Wade had put the knife to her throat and that was why she didn’t fight back or try to run away at first. She also mentioned Wade and Burnell had stolen her blue Motorola cell phone from her and that they still had possession of it.
Both Rogers and Wade completed a voluntary written statement sheet.
Another witness who lived on Johnson Street recorded the incident on Snapchat and agreed to let CPD record the video they took. Officers observed on the video Wade and Burnell go to the residence on Johnson Street, go inside, and then leave the home with Wade dragging Clarke by her hair. The video also showed that Wade stops and hands some items to Burnell then proceeded to punch Clarke several times in the face yelling at her “Lets go b**” several times, and “Move your a or I’m going to hit you again.” Both Wade and Burnell then dragged Clarke down to Carver Street toward their parked car near Stewart, and forced Clarke into the car. The witness then videoed the front of the house where the door was kicked in. The witness then talks to Rogers and tells him of what just happened and stated that Wade and Burnell had a small kitchen knife with them also.
Faulkner reported that when he arrived at the Day N Night station, he saw Wade standing near the vacuum stalls. Opelt was gathering information at Johnson Street and advised Faulkner to wait for backup before taking any action. VanAssche provided a description given by the victim. Faulkner saw that Burnell matched the description provided.
Opelt arrived and both Wade and Burnell were placed into custody for kidnapping and transported to the police station without incident. The officers searched the vehicle where they located a pink kitchen knife in the passenger front door side pocket.