A Youngstown, Ohio, man has been ordered held for trial in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas on charges he allegedly forced a Meadville woman to withdraw money from a bank to pay for a drug debt.

Willie Lee Oliver, 23, also known as

“King,” was bound over to the next term of court following a preliminary hearing Monday before Magisterial District Judge William Chisholm on two counts of criminal attempt and one count each of unlawful restraint, terroristic threats and possession of a controlled substance.

At Monday’s brief hearing, Kimberly Rader testified she went to an apartment on Arch Street in Meadville early on Dec. 4 to buy and smoke crack cocaine.

Rader said she bought four or five rocks of crack cocaine from Oliver, who was at the apartment along with three others.

Rader testified she bought the drugs from Oliver on credit and was supposed to pay him $1,000.

Rader testified she was kept in the apartment for about three hours and Oliver wouldn’t allow her to leave or even go outside for a moment.

Oliver held onto her cell phone and camera as collateral for the drugs until she could get the money, Rader testified.

“He wanted me to go the bank and get $1,000,” Rader said.

Oliver drove her to Northwest Savings Bank’s South Main Street office when it opened later that morning at 9 a.m., Rader said. Oliver accompanied her inside the bank to the teller window, Rader said.

Rader said she was able to slip the teller a note saying to stall the transaction and call police.

Oliver was taken into custody without incident at the bank.

Oliver remains free on $10,000 bond.



Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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