Robbery, kidnapping charges filed
By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - City police charged a Martinsburg man on Thursday with one count of armed robbery and three counts of kidnapping in connection with the armed robbery of a fast-food restaurant this spring.
Police charged Charles Lesane Jr., 33, of 214 Shenandoah Village, Apt. 3, with taking $1,500 from the restaurant at gunpoint on March 20. Police also alleged that he and three accomplices forced three employees into a freezer.
Berkeley County Magistrate Joan Bragg set bail at $100,000 on the armed robbery charge, but did not set bail on the kidnapping charges. She said kidnapping is a capital offense and bail can only be set by a Circuit Court judge.
Martinsburg Police said four men robbed the McDonald's on North Queen Street at about midnight on March 20.
One man, armed with a semiautomatic pistol, forced his way into the closed restaurant as manager Marisa Whissel was leaving, police said. The man held a gun to Whissel's neck as he let three other men, including one with a sawed-off shotgun, inside, police said.