Police briefs

May 03, 2008

Berkeley Co. police investigate attempted armed robbery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department was investigating an attempted armed robbery Thursday night at the Comfort Suites at the intersection of W.Va. 9 and Short Road southeast of Martinsburg.

About 11:30 p.m., a guest at the hotel stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and was approached by a man who demanded that he be taken inside the hotel, according to a sheriff's department press release. The man showed a handgun and said "take me to the money," deputies said.

As the hotel guest was opening the door, he was struck in the side of the face by the handgun, deputies said.


Sheriff's deputies, assisted by a Martinsburg Police Department K-9 unit, checked the area. The dog tracked a scent to the hotel parking lot, where it was believed the assailant got into a vehicle and fled the scene, deputies said.

Deputies are seeking a while male, about 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing a dark-colored hooded shirt, blue jeans and sneakers, and had a dark turtleneck shirt or a scarf pulled over his face, deputies said.

Anyone with information about the case may contact the sheriff's department at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

W.Va. man faces drug possession charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man arraigned Friday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court told police he swallowed 12 pieces of crack cocaine and four bags of heroin in an attempt to avoid be charged with a drug offense, according to a police complaint.

Terry Dwayne Johnson, 33, of Martinsburg, was in Eastern Regional Jail Friday night on two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (crack cocaine and heroin) and making terrorist threats, according to jail and court records.

A $150,000 bond was set by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller.

Johnson was put in jail Friday morning after police had him taken to the hospital and treated to neutralize the effects of the drugs he claimed to have swallowed, according to a complaint filed with the court by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman D.L. English.

English detained Johnson Thursday in the 400 block of Porter Avenue in Martinsburg after he saw the defendant stumbling, appearing to be intoxicated while walking in the street, according to the officer's complaint.

English said the defendant later threatened to shoot officers from the city's police department and also shoot the medics who responded to treat him when he was arrested, according to the complaint.

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