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Man who foiled 7-Eleven robbery charged

August 21, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man hailed as a hero for foiling a 7-Eleven robbery was charged Monday with one felony count of sex offender registration violation.

Antonio Feliciano, 29, of Martins Landing in Martinsburg, allegedly failed to register as a sex offender when he was required to do so in December, according to court records.

Feliciano must re-register every year for the rest of his life as a result of a 1995 conviction on a charge of taking sexually explicit photographs of a minor.

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West Virginia State Trooper M.M. Kingery said he noticed the lapse in registration in May, when he was assigned to check up on all sex offender registration files.

Two days later, Feliciano spoke with police and indicated he would re-register within the required 10-day period, police said.

Police said that more than two weeks later Feliciano still had not registered, and a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested Monday night.

Feliciano gained the attention of national and international media outlets when, in 2000, he was fired from 7-Eleven for grabbing an armed robber and wrestling her to the ground. 7-Eleven officials said he violated a corporate policy that demands employees cooperate with a robber's demands.

In a separate case, Feliciano was charged last month with using fraudulent checks to buy more than $6,000 worth of goods from the Charles Town Wal-Mart. That case is still pending.

A conviction an a registration charge is punishable by one to five years in prison.

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