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The woman who accused a man of holding her at gunpoint and forced to drive down Richmond Road with her child in the backseat refused to testify Friday, leading to an acquittal against her assailant.
Malik Weeden, a 23-year-old King William County man, was found not guilty of brandishing a firearm Friday in Williamsburg-James City County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
He was suspected of sitting in the front passenger seat and holding a pistol at the woman’s leg while she drove down Richmond Road through Norge to Toano on March 2.
Stephanie Williams with the James City County Police Department said the woman eventually drove to her apartment, located on Warren Court off Richmond Road in Toano, but was afraid to exit her car while Weeden continued to point the gun at her.
Eventually, Weeden left the scene on foot and the woman called police, Williams said.
On Friday, the woman testified she did not want Weeden to be prosecuted.
“I’m OK, I’m safe,” she said during her short time on the witness stand, adding she did not want to testify. She answered the prosecutor’s questions about the incident with “I don’t know” and “I don’t remember.”
The James City County Police officer who responded to the scene said the woman seemed “very upset, nervous and scared” when she answered the door to her apartment after calling police.
“She didn’t want to answer the door until we had dispatch call and tell her police were at the door,” the officer said.
Judge George Fairbanks IV found Weeden not guilty of brandishing a firearm, a misdemeanor offense. A felony charge of abduction and kidnapping and a felony charge of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony were also dropped at the hearing.