Police log

March 27, 1998

Police log

Petitions charge 2 in armed robbery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg City Police have filed juvenile petitions against two boys in connection with a St. Patrick's Day armed robbery at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar.

Police say the petitions against the Winchester, Va., teens, ages 16 and 17 - were filed Thursday with the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's office. The two are charged in the petitions with two counts each of armed robbery.

Because they are juveniles, the petitions are not public record and police would not release their names.

Two other Virginia men were charged in the incident earlier this week.

Ozias Daniel Ritter, 18, of 423 National Ave., Winchester, and John Jason Via, 19, of 116 N. Auburn St., Sterling, also face two counts each of armed robbery.


According to court records, the robbery occurred at about 9:30 p.m. in the restaurant's rear parking lot at 755 Foxcroft Ave. Four youths pulled up in a purple Dodge Neon with Virginia registration, court records show.

Two of the passengers got out of the car and took wallets and $135 at gunpoint from Dion Stickley, 21, of Inwood, W.Va., and Luke Wishmyer, 20, of Hedgesville, W.Va., according to court records.

One gunman had a semi-automatic pistol and the other had a silver revolver, police said.

After the robbery, Martinsburg City Police sent descriptions of the car and suspects to law enforcement agencies in surrounding states.

A deputy with the Frederick County, Va., Sheriff's Department saw the car two days later and confiscated two weapons - a .357-caliber revolver and a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

The two were interviewed by Martinsburg City Police on March 20.

Grand jury to hear armed robbery case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.- A Fort Washington, Md., man charged with armed robbery was bound over to a grand jury Thursday after a preliminary hearing in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Gary Colbert, 18, is charged with armed robbery in an attempted carjacking on Jan. 14 at Berkeley Garden Apartments.

According to court documents, Rahill Nawaz II, of Ranson, W.Va., was walking to his vehicle after visiting friends at about 1 p.m., when he was approached by three men.

One man pointed a gun in his back while Nawaz was unlocking his car door, Nawaz told police.

The man told him to hand over the keys to his Toyota 4-Runner. Nawaz did, authorities said, and the armed man handed them to a second man.

The second man and a third got into the vehicle and ordered Nawaz into the back seat, Nawaz told police.

Acting like he was obeying their commands, Nawaz pretended to get in, then turned and grabbed the muzzle of the gun.

A struggle ensued and the armed man tried to fire several times, but the gun wouldn't discharge, documents said.

Nawaz got control of the weapon, ran away and called police.

Lynis Ellerbe, 18, of Martinsburg, who is charged with armed robbery, was bound over to the grand jury in January.

A third man has not been charged. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Cochran said the investigation is continuing.

An armed robbery conviction carries a minimum 10-year prison sentence.

Man charged with filing false report

BOONSBORO - A Boonsboro area man who reported a pickup truck stolen earlier this month was charged with filing a false report after police found the truck was involved in a hit-and-run, according to Maryland State Police.

The pickup truck was reported stolen from 8434 Tusings Way on March 19, state police said. Gregory Allan Horner, 33, of 8434 Tusings Way, didn't own the pickup truck, but had use of it, police said.

The truck was found that night at the Old Orchard Shopping Center with extensive front-end damage, state police said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department investigated the 2:45 p.m. hit-and-run on March 19 at Md. 68 and Governor Lane Boulevard, state police said.

The pickup truck had rear-ended another vehicle, state police said.

Horner was charged by the sheriff's department with driving a motor vehicle on a suspended license, failure to return to the scene of a property damage accident and negligent driving, said Sgt. Doug Mullendore.

Md. man charged with possession

A Clear Spring, Md., man was charged Thursday after police stopped a vehicle for speeding and found drugs inside, according to a report from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Keith Allen Hawbaker, 21, of 13546 Barnhart Rd., was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and equipment violations, the report said.

Sheriff's Deputy Tim Hafer stopped a yellow 1991 Chevrolet Geo Storm at 11:12 a.m. on Hopewell Road at the Interstate 70 underpass, the report said.

Hafer saw suspected marijuana inside the vehicle at the time of the stop, and a search of the car turned up additional suspected marijuana and smoking paraphernalia, the report said.

Hawbaker was released on personal recognizance, according to court records.

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