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Bail reduced for man charged in robbery

April 02, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man accused of robbing two restaurant patrons at gunpoint had his bail reduced Thursday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Ozias Daniel Ritter, 18, of 423 National Ave., Winchester, Va., was being held on $40,000 bail at Eastern Regional Jail. His bond was reduced to $30,000, an amount his lawyer said he may be able to post.

"His hope is that he can be released and start doing some positive things with his life," said Kevin D. Mills, Ritter's attorney.

Ritter and John Jason Via, 19, of 116 N. Auburn St., Sterling, Va., face two counts each of armed robbery in connection with a March 17 incident at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 755 Foxcroft Ave.


Both were scheduled for preliminary hearings Thursday, which were postponed. Via's bail remains $40,000.

In court Thursday, Ritter's mother, Terry Emory, assured District Magistrate Harold Darlington that her son would appear for future court dates. He doesn't have a job and has a pregnant fiancee, Mills said, which is incentive for him to remain at home in Virginia.

According to court records, the robbery occurred at about 9:30 p.m. in the restaurant's rear parking lot, when two men got out of a car and took wallets and $135 at gunpoint from Dion Stickley, 21, of Inwood, W.Va., and Luke Wishmyer, 20, of Hedgesville, W.Va.

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.

Two days later, a Frederick County, Va., sheriff's deputy stopped a car matching the description and confiscated two weapons: a .357-caliber revolver and a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

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

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