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Robbery suspect turns himself in

April 05, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - One of two brothers charged in warrants with robbing a woman at gunpoint last week turned himself in Monday night, according to Martinsburg Police.

Jason Lamont Bryant, 22, of 701 King St., Martinsburg, was being held Monday at Eastern Regional Jail on $10,000 bond. He was charged with aggravated robbery.

Police said they were looking for his brother, Karon Troy Bryant, 23, also of Martinsburg.

Two men robbed Beverly Jones Hensley of $7,500 from her purse in the 200 block of English Street at about 7:30 a.m. on March 29.

In a criminal complaint, police allege that Hensley and Renee Pennix, who is Jason and Karon Bryant's aunt, were visiting a friend when the Bryants stopped by.

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Jason Bryant saw Hensley's money and asked her if he could borrow some, but she said no, the complaint alleges.

The Bryants left but came back a short time later, supposedly to search for money they had lost, according to the complaint.

Karon Bryant allegedly pulled out a gun while Jason Bryant demanded Hensley's pocketbook, police allege.

Pennix told police that as she and Jason Bryant fought over the pocketbook, Karon Bryant pointed the gun at her head and said he'd shoot her if she didn't get away, police alleged.

Police said the Bryants left the house and drove off in a blue or turquoise Ford Tempo with a woman in the back seat.

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