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Suspect arrested in Waffle House robbery

September 28, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A suspect in the Sept. 23 robbery of Waffle House in Williamsport was arrested Wednesday by the Martinsburg Police Department, Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Greg Alton said.

Tonya Marie Powell, 23, of 189 Destiny Drive in Martinsburg, W.Va., is charged through a Sheriff's Department arrest warrant with armed robbery, robbery, first-degree and second-degree assault, misdemeanor theft, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony/violent crime and handgun on person, Alton said.

Powell was being held Wednesday afternoon on a $100,000 cash bond as a fugitive from justice at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg.

A Martinsburg Police Department officer saw Powell walking and arrested her on a fugitive warrant, according to a written release.

Deputies allege Powell entered the restaurant shortly after 1 p.m. and demanded money from an employee. She allegedly left with an undisclosed amount of cash and got into a waiting pickup truck driven by a man, Alton said.

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Alton said the woman was armed, but did say what kind of weapon she carried. None of the customers or employees in the restaurant was injured, he said.

Police are still looking for the man who drove the getaway vehicle, he said.

According to the release, Martinsburg detectives searched Powell's red Oldsmobile Cutlass, which they found parked in a parking lot near Maple Avenue and West Stephen Street. Martinsburg police alleged they found clothes related to the Waffle House robbery in Williamsport and an armed robbery - the same day - of a Waffle House in Martinsburg. Police said they found an air pistol that resembled a semi-automatic pistol in the car.

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