Woman faces more charges in robberies

September 30, 2006

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman charged in the Sept. 23 robbery of the Waffle House in Williamsport faces another charge in connection with a robbery earlier that day at the Waffle House in Martinsburg, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

Tonya Marie Powell, 23, of 189 Destiny Drive in Martinsburg, was charged with one count of first-degree robbery in connection with the incident at the Waffle House on Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg.

Powell is charged 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 in connection with the incident at the Waffle House on East Potomac Street in Williamsport, Greg Alton, an investigator with the Washington County Sheriff's Department, said Thursday.

Detective Scott Doyle said Powell was taken into custody on the Washington County warrant Wednesday as she was leaving a bail bondsman's office in the 100 block of West John Street in Martinsburg.


When apprehended Wednesday in Martinsburg, clothing and a BB pistol believed to be connected to the robberies were found in a maroon Oldsmobile in a parking lot at Stephen Street and Maple Avenue, according to the warrant.

According to the Martinsburg Police Department, Powell gave a statement after her apprehension in regards to her role in both robberies, and she implicated another person.

In the Williamsport robbery, a woman entered the restaurant Sept. 23 shortly after 1 p.m. and demanded money from an employee. The woman left with an undisclosed amount of cash and got into a waiting pickup truck driven by a man, Alton said.

Few details were known about the circumstances of the Martinsburg robbery. Police in Martinsburg are continuing their investigation.

Powell was being held Friday afternoon on a $100,000 cash bond at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg.

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