One man charged in armed home invasion

4 sought

June 19, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. - Five men, four of whom had guns, forced their way into a Jefferson County home Tuesday night and stole jewelry and a safe, police said.

One man was arrested after officers found him near a wrecked 1992 Oldsmobile, said Chief Deputy Jesse W. Jones of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Michael Shavar Payton, 18, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was charged with burglary, grand larceny and receiving/transferring stolen property. He was released from Eastern Regional Jail, a spokeswoman said Wednesday evening.


No other arrests had been made, Jones said.

The incident started when Jefferson County Deputy M.A. Dumer received a call at around 10 p.m. that a family had been held at gunpoint inside their home. While Dumer was en route, he received additional information that the gunmen had fled in an older-model car, Jones said.

A man, his wife and the couple's 15-year-old son were inside the house, which is in a community called Jamestown off Summit Point Road, Jones said.

The woman answered a knock on her door and found the men, who were described as being in their late teens or early 20s. All were wearing dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts, Jones said.

"They forced their way into the residence, demanding money," Jones said.

Officers estimated the jewelry and safe were valued at around $2,700, Jones said.

After speaking to the family, several officers, including police from nearby municipalities, started searching the area, Jones said.

Inside the wrecked car, police found items that matched the descriptions of those stolen from a home in Clarke County, Va., Jones alleged. He said those included a 10-inch dagger, boots, sneakers, satellite TV receivers, a Nintendo GameCube and a portable police scanner.

The case remained under investigation.

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