Robbery suspect at large

September 04, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police continued to search Thursday for a man who helped in a crime spree Wednesday that ended with the shooting of a Martinsburg man during a carjacking attempt.

The victim, Marcus Taylor, 20, was discharged Thursday afternoon from City Hospital in Martinsburg, according to a nursing supervisor.

Police arrested Clifton Maurice Bradley, 25, of 105 Johnson St., Martinsburg, in connection with the shooting and an earlier strong-armed robbery on Wednesday night.

A man police believe helped the gunman in the robbery was still at large Thursday, according to Capt. Curtis Keller of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned black male with short dusty brown hair, about 18 years old, weighing roughly 170 pounds, Keller said.


According to Berkeley County Court records, the crime spree started with a hostage situation at Roberts Gardens Apartments on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said a man was going to visit friends at Roberts Gardens Apartments, along U.S. 11 north of Martinsburg, when two men approached him, said Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy K.C. Bohrer. One of the men pulled a gun on the victim, Bohrer said.

The victim was robbed of $37, a gold necklace and a Guess watch, then forced to take the two men in his car to look for money, according to court records.

Bohrer said the victim was told that he needed to find some money or he would be killed.

The victim drove the men through Martinsburg and Kearneysville in Jefferson County, W.Va., before ending up on John Street in Martinsburg, Bohrer said.

The two men and the victim stepped out of the victim's car on John Street when the victim noticed a sheriff's deputy walking toward Berkeley County Magistrate Court, Bohrer said.

Thinking that was his "best opportunity to escape," the victim pushed the two men and ran toward the deputy, Bohrer said.

The two men ran from the area, he said.

Taylor told police that a short time later, he picked up a man in his car on State Circle in Martinsburg, said Martinsburg Police Lt. Rick Swartwood.

According to court records, Taylor told police he became suspicious that the man was going to try to steal his car when he saw him concealing something, Swartwood said.

When Taylor took the keys and tried to get out of the car he was shot in the arm and lower back, Swartwood said.

Taylor ran down the street for help and his assailant left the scene, Swartwood said.

Acting on a tip, police found a man in a house in the north end of Martinsburg, Swartwood said.

Bradley was charged with malicious wounding, aggravated robbery, armed robbery and abduction in the two incidents, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Bradley was arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra Miller, who set his bond at $91,500, according to court records. He was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on Thursday night.

A .32-caliber revolver recovered from a residence in Martinsburg was believed to be the weapon used in the shooting and robbery, police said.

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