A woman who accepted a ride from a local Food Lion manager passed out when he held a rag over her face, and she later awoke in an abandoned Shadwell house, a prosecutor told a judge Monday.
Judge Annie Lee Jacobs denied bond for Mark Lawrence Weiner, arrested Friday on a charge of abduction with intent to defile.
Weiner, 52, of Willow Way Road in Barboursville, told police he gave the woman a ride, but said he took her to her mother’s house, Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford told the judge.
Authorities believe Weiner approached the woman and offered her a ride at the Lucky 7 convenience store on East Market Street, Lunsford said. The woman was going to her mother’s home in the Pantops area of Albemarle County, and the two did not know each other, Lunsford said.
But at some point, Weiner made the woman uncomfortable, and she texted her boyfriend to say the driver wouldn’t let her out of his minivan, Lunsford said.
“The last thing she remembers ... is him reaching over with his right hand and a cloth going over her face,” Lunsford said.
While the woman was unconscious, her captor sent taunting text messages to her boyfriend, Lunsford said.
The woman awoke in an abandoned house, and fled, the prosecutor told the judge. The driver wasn’t in the house, but started shouting when she fled, Lunsford said. The woman got away, Lunsford said, discovered she was in the area of Sleepy Hollow Lane and U.S. 250.
Weiner told police that sometimes after work or classes, he drives around in his van, frequently giving rides to young women, Lunsford said.
Police found a bottle of some sort of chemical as well as pieces of cloth during a search of the vehicle, Lunsford said.
Weiner is married and has a 9-year-old child, according to court testimony. He manages the Food Lion on Branchlands Boulevard in Albemarle County, according to court documents.
His lawyer Ford Childress suggested the possibility of release with a location-monitoring bracelet.
“Once the bracelet goes off, it’s a little too late,” Lunsford said.