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Kearneysville, W.Va., man is facing robbery charge

March 30, 2007

RANSON, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., man was charged with robbery after police say he went into a restaurant in the Ranson Square Shopping Center along North Mildred Street Wednesday night and threatened to kill a cashier if the worker did not give money to him.

Charles Herbert Guthrie, 29, of 132 Opequon Drive, was being held Thursday night in Eastern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

Guthrie, who also had an address of 551 Logans Run Road, was charged with robbery with threat of physical violence, which carries a possible punishment of five to 18 years in jail, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Guthrie was charged after a man walked into Sophia's restaurant about 11 p.m. Wednesday and asked to use the restroom, said Cpl. Steve Cox of the Ranson Police Department.

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When the man came out of the restroom, he approached the cashier and said "If you don't open the register and give me the money, I will kill you," Cox said in a criminal complaint filed in magistrate court.

The cashier began removing the money and after collecting some 20- and 10-dollar bills, the man said that was enough and left with the money, Cox said.

The man was found hiding in front of the nearby Apple Tree Gardens Apartments, Cox said.

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