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Second suspect arrested in alleged attempted murder in Martinsburg

May 07, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Police arrested a second suspect in the alleged attempted murder last week of a man in Martinsburg who said he testified in federal court against a defendant who ultimately received a life sentence in prison, according to court records.

Matthew Quinn Mason, aka "Q," was arraigned Tuesday morning on charges of attempted murder and wanton endangerment, and was in Eastern Regional Jail that evening. Magistrate Sandra L. Miller set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Mason, who was arrested without incident Tuesday at a motel a little more than 24 hours after police distributed copies of his photograph.

Mason, 20, of 65 Bowie Drive in Falling Waters, W.Va., and Travis J. Latta of Martinsburg are accused of taking part in the alleged shooting April 30 at the Martin's Landing apartment complex in Martinsburg, according to court records.

The man targeted was not injured in the early-morning incident, but police said several bullets struck the vehicle in which the victim was driving. One lodged in a back seat.

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Shortly after the incident happened, Latta was found hiding under a porch in the area of Mimosa Drive off Williamsport Pike after attempting to flee from police. He was found in possession of two guns, one of which was reported stolen from Hagerstown, police said.

At that time, Mason managed to escape. According to complaint filed by Martinsburg Police Department Detective Cpl. S.F. Doyle, Mason ordered Latta to shoot at the victim because of his federal court testimony.

Police said the defendants followed the victim after he got off work to the Martin's Landing apartment complex.

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