W.Va. man, teen faces robbery charges

October 07, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged Tuesday in connection with a robbery involving a stolen purse and two gunshots that were fired inside an apartment, according to police.

Christopher Tyson Cook, 21, of 124 Autumn Leaf Drive, was charged with armed robbery and assault during the commission of a felony. A 16-year-old boy also was charged, but no further information could be obtained because he is a juvenile.

According to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, the robbery happened at 1 a.m. on Sept. 28 at the Berkeley Gardens apartment complex off U.S. 11 north of Martinsburg.


A resident of the apartment, Douglas Hess, said he let two young men into his apartment after they banged on his door, records state.

Once inside, one of the assailants said, "We heard that you had pills," prompting Hess to respond that he was not interested in any drugs. The males then hit Hess' head and, after Hess called for help from a friend, pulled out two guns, police allege.

When Hess' wife, Nina Hess, walked out from a bedroom, the two males followed her and grabbed her purse, which contained Tylox and "heart pills," records state.

As the two ran from the apartment, two gunshots were fired in Hess' direction.

The investigating officer, West Virginia State Police Trooper C.A. Ellwanger, said the bullets went through a wall and lodged in a mattress at the far end of the room. Nobody was injured, police said.

At 3 p.m. Tuesday, police again responded to the apartment complex after an anonymous caller reported seeing drug activity outside of one of the buildings, records state.

When officers arrived, several people ran from police and into an apartment.

Cook and a juvenile were both found in a bedroom, where Cook was hiding near a bed, police said.

Conviction on a charge of armed robbery carries a sentence of a minimum 10 years in prison while conviction on a charge of assault during the commission of a felony carries a sentence of two to 10 years in prison.

Cook was being held Wednesday in Eastern Regional Jail on $75,000 bail.

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