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Three W.Va. teens face auto theft charges

August 23, 1997

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Three Harpers Ferry, W.Va., teenagers were charged Thursday morning by West Virginia State Police in the beating of a Harpers Ferry man and the theft of his car.

Early Wednesday, the teenage boys, two 17-year-olds and a 15-year-old, knocked on the door of Paul Miller IV, 24, of Blue Ridge Apartments, said Trooper Aaron Zaltzman.

One of the boys said he was hurt and asked if Miller could give him a ride to the hospital and drop the other two off at Keyes Ferry Acres, Zaltzman said.

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Miller was giving the boys a ride when they claimed they had a gun and began to hit him in the head, Zaltzman said. Miller was thrown out of his car and the boys drove off, Zaltzman said. No weapon was displayed.

Senior Trooper D.D. Forman radioed a description of the car to surrounding police agencies, Zaltzman said.

About 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Winchester, Va., police spotted the 1991 Honda at the gas pumps at Red Apple Deli on Berryville Avenue, said Lt. William Griffith of Winchester Police.

When the officers drove up, four boys jumped out and took off on foot across the road toward a supermarket, Griffith said. The fourth boy was a 17-year-old from Winchester.

The boys had to be tackled by the officers, but no one was injured, Griffith said.

The Winchester youth was turned over to the custody of his parents.

The three boys were charged with strong-armed robbery, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit robbery, Zaltzman said.

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