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Woman beaten and robbed in Charles Town

April 03, 2002

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A woman suffered gashes on her face and other injuries after she was robbed of $300 near Wright Denny Elementary School Tuesday afternoon, according to a Charles Town Police Department spokesman.

The 19-year-old woman had been to a local bank and was walking across the grounds of Wright Denny along West Congress Street when she was confronted by a woman who had just stepped out a car, Detective Mark Johnston said.

The victim told the woman she had mace and that the woman should leave her alone, Johnston said.

Another car pulled up to the area, and a second woman stepped out of that car, he said.

The victim told police that the two women kicked and beat her before taking her purse containing $300.

She walked to a nearby house after the 12:30 p.m. attack to call for help, Johnston said.

One of two cars involved in the incident was later found parked across from the police station on Liberty Street. There was a purse on the floor of the Blue Dodge Neon but there was no money inside, Johnston said.

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Police located the driver of the car and were questioning the woman Tuesday afternoon, Johnston said.

The victim was treated at Jefferson Memorial for scratches, gashes on her face and a bruise to her rib area.

- Dave McMillion

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