MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 26-year-old Martinsburg man was charged Saturday with forcing his way into a North Queen Street home and taking $700.
It was the fifth armed robbery in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in the last three weeks.
Shawn E. Johnson, who police say is living at 326 E. Burke St., Apartment 1, is charged with assault, aggravated robbery and possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, according to Cpl. B.L. Yost of the Martinsburg Police Department.
At about 7 p.m., a man entered the house in the 700 block of North Queen Street wearing a white coat and a mask over his face, police said. Holding a gun, he encountered a 12-year-old girl, then a 17-year-old girl, before taking the money and leaving, Yost said.
He was seen leaving the area in a blue Buick with three other men, according to Yost.
About four hours later, Officer Steve Urbanski saw a man matching the description of the robber standing on the 200 block of East Martin Street, police said.