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Second man charged in home invasions

April 21, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg Police Department has charged a second man in connection with two home invasion robberies earlier this month, according to a police department press release.

Victor Brian Potter Jr., no age given, of 615 W. Burke St., was taken into custody on Friday about 4:30 p.m. at an address on Franklin Avenue, according to the release. Potter was charged with seven counts each of armed robbery, burglary and wanton endangerment, according to the release.

Potter was arraigned before Magistrate Harry Snow and jailed in Eastern Regional Jail on a $610,000 cash-only bond, according to the release.

Potter was charged with armed robberies in which several people were robbed at gunpoint, according to the release. The robberies occurred April 12 on South Rosemont Avenue and April 15 on South High Street, according to the release.

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Gary Donzell Guest Jr., 21, of 702 Virginia Ave. in Martinsburg, who was arrested earlier in the week, was arraigned Wednesday before Magistrate Jo Ann Overington on the same counts. Court records stated the charges against Guest also stemmed from incidents on the same dates at the same addresses.

The criminal complaint against Guest stated that two masked gunmen forced their way into the basement of the South Rosemont Avenue home on April 12, ordering two residents to lay on the floor. Among the items stolen was a bubble gum container filled with about $200 in change.

On April 15, a family of five was awakened in their South High Street home by three men who threatened them with guns, according to the complaint. A gold watch, necklace, ring, cell phone and earrings were stolen, according to the complaint.

A witness, however, saw three men get out of a vehicle parked near the scene of the second robbery and called police, according to court documents. One of the victims also managed to get out of the house and go next door for help, police said.

As police arrived, neighborhood residents said they saw the three men fleeing down the street. Guest's vehicle later was found parked nearby with his dog and a bubble gum container filled with dog food inside, police said.

Guest was jailed by Overington on a $385,000 cash-only bond.

The investigation is continuing, according to the release.

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