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W.Va. robbery suspect waives preliminary hearing

June 17, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man charged in a motel robbery and sexual assault waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court and the case will go directly to a grand jury.

The hearing for the Pennsylvania man charged in the crime has been postponed.

Elijah Muhammad Green, 19, of Martinsburg, will remain in Eastern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond until the October term of grand jury. He is charged with armed robbery and aiding and abetting first-degree sexual assault.

Eugene Lamar "Chico" Jackson, 19, of 421 Swatra St., Steelton, Pa., is charged with armed robbery, first-degree sexual assault, fleeing and eluding police and being a fugitive from justice from Washington County, Md., on a possession of narcotics charge.

Jackson's preliminary hearing was postponed to give his defense attorney more time to prepare. A new date was not set Wednesday. He is being held on $155,000 bond.

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Both are charged in the June 9 robbery at the Krista Lite Motel on W.Va. 9 in Martinsburg at about 10:20 p.m. During the incident, a new night clerk was assaulted by one man while the other stood watch, according to police reports.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said the armed men took $324.76 from the register, then forced a clerk into a linen storage area. One man held a handgun to the woman's throat and assaulted her, authorities said.

Authorities said a woman in one of the hotel rooms called a family member, who called police. The gunmen fled when authorities arrived.

Jackson and Green were apprehended a few hundred yards from the motel, police said.

An armed robbery conviction carries a minimum 10-year prison sentence. Convictions on first-degree sexual assault or aiding and abetting first-degree sexual assault carry 15-to-35-year prison sentences.

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