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Man faces armed robbery charges in Shell holdup

January 22, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The man charged with robbing a Shell gas station a week ago by holding a knife to a clerk's throat did so because he owed money to someone for crack cocaine, court records allege.

Jarad Wayne Clark, 22, of South Queen Street in Martinsburg, was charged with one felony count of armed robbery and an unrelated misdemeanor count of unlawful taking of a vehicle.

Magistrate Carlton DeHaven arraigned Clark Tuesday afternoon and set his bail at $52,500.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, at around 7 p.m., a man walked into the gas station on U.S. 11 in Pikeside, W.Va., and acted as if he were going to buy some gum, records show. Instead, the robber pulled out a pocket knife and held it near a clerk's throat and demanded cash.

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After taking $364, the robber left in a car, police said.

Lt. K.C. Bohrer, with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, said several people called the anonymous Crime Solvers phone number, saying Clark had committed the robbery.

Deputies arrested Clark Tuesday on an outstanding warrant from last summer, stemming from allegations that he drove his stepfather's Chevrolet car for longer than he had permission.

When the officers interviewed Clark, he admitted to the robbery and said he believed he got around $180, records allege.

None of the money has been recovered, Bohrer said. He said police do not believe anybody else was involved in the robbery.

Clark was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night on $52,500 bond, a jail official said.

A conviction on a charge of armed robbery carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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