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Martinsburg men, teen are charged with armed robbery

July 04, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 15-year-old boy and two Martinsburg men were arrested Monday night on armed robbery charges after allegedly using a BB gun to take about $635 in property from two boys who were skateboarding in the Berkeley Plaza shopping center, according to a press release from Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison.

Jeremy Scott Johnson, 23, of 219 Frederick St., and Jason Matthew Neff, 19, of 48 Richard St., and the boy each were charged with aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, Harmison said.

The victims told police they were approached by the three individuals, who told them to empty their pockets. When they refused, one showed what the boys thought was a handgun, Harmison said.

The accused then went through a vehicle belonging to one of the victims and removed two paintball masks, a shirt, two bottles of water and a case containing compact discs, Harmison said.

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Harmison said one of the victims saw the subjects who robbed him later Monday night and contacted police. Martinsburg Police Department officers, along with Deputy C. Wilmer, found the accused behind Gold's Gym off Eagle School Road, Harmison said.

"All were brought back to the Sheriff's Department, where the two adults confessed to their part in the robbery," Harmison said. "The juvenile (who was found with the BB gun) refused to give a statement."

All property taken from the boys was recovered, Harmison said.

Johnson and Neff were arraigned Tuesday by Magistrate Jo Ann Overington. Bonds were set at $35,000 each for the men, who were being held Tuesday in Eastern Regional Jail. The boy was taken to the Vicki Douglas Juvenile Center, pending action by the court, Harmison said.

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