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Warrants issued in W.Va. robbery

March 13, 1998

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department has issued arrest warrants for a former Martinsburg man accused of robbing two 81-year-old women at their apartment and taking a car.

According to the sheriff's department, Baylis M. Green Jr., 36, is charged in warrants with strong-armed robbery and grand larceny.

Authorities said a man faked car trouble on Feb. 6 to gain access into the womens' apartment.

The sheriff's department said a man knocked on Margarette Armstrong's apartment door complaining of car trouble and asked to use her telephone.

Armstrong handed the man her portable phone to use outside her apartment. After appearing to make several calls, he pushed past her, forcing his way inside, Armstrong told police.

Once inside, the man demanded the keys to Armstrong's Mercury Topaz. She refused and he shoved her around the apartment until she complied, police said.


The man then demanded money, police said. Armstrong's roommate, Elaine Ottinger, gave him a $10 bill, police said.

The man also took a purse with $25 and two credit cards, the women told police.

The suspect fled in Armstrong's car. Two days later, police in Fairmont, W.Va., found the vehicle and saw a man approach and use the keys to unlock the door.

When police tried to arrest him, he fled.

He hasn't been seen since.

Green is described as black, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He also goes by the name "Scoops."

Anyone who has information on Green's whereabouts can call the sheriff's department at 1-304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 1-304-267-4999.

Crime Solvers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

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