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Man charged in W.Va. Dairy Queen robbery

February 15, 2005

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with armed robbery Monday in connection with a knife-point robbery that happened at a Dairy Queen store about two weeks ago.

Shaun Walker, 24, of 219 W. Race St., Apt. 1, was charged with one felony count of armed robbery.

Martinsburg Police Department officers said the ice cream shop was robbed on Jan. 30 at about 11 a.m. by a man who held a knife to an employee's chest. The cashier screamed and ran to the back of the store, but saw the robber taking money from a cash register, police said.

The cashier had opened the register as the robber counted out money for a soda he said he wanted to buy, police said.

Officers found a wet footprint in the store and followed footprints behind the shop, where they found cash on the ground, records state. The footprints led to a home in the 700 block of Winchester Avenue - a block away from the shop, records state.

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Residents there said Walker matched the robber's description and that he had been there before police arrived, records state.

Police obtained a photograph of Walker and showed it and others to the victim and those who lived at the Winchester Avenue address. They all identified the photo of Walker as depicting the robber, police said.

Walker was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Monday night on $50,000 bail.

Conviction on a charge of armed robbery carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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