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Two quickly apprehended after armed robbery in Martinsburg

August 22, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A combination of the quick thinking of two women and the keen eyes of a Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol Wednesday evening led to the apprehension of two men accused of armed robbery.

Christopher McAnally, 32, and Damian Ross, 21, addresses unknown, were being held this morning at the Eastern Regional Jail awaiting an appearance on armed robbery charges, a jail spokeswoman said.

Ross also has a $454 bond on traffic charges and failure to appear, the spokeswoman said.

According to a Berkeley County Sheriff's Office press release, Deputy Jack Fleagle was on routine patrol on Edwin Miller Boulevard Wednesday evening when he saw a man running from the City National Bank toward the Comfort Inn.

As he approached the man, Fleagle saw two people running after the man and a vehicle trailing them. He learned from the occupants that an armed robbery had just occurred and he called for backup.

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When ordered to stop, the man obeyed, dropped a weapon from his coat and was taken into custody. Deputies said that man was McAnally.

The second man was found a short time later and also taken into custody with assistance from Martinsburg City Police, deputies said.

The two women told authorities they were making a night drop deposit at the bank at 2321 Aikens Center on Wednesday evening when they were confronted by the two men. Both men then fled on foot.

The women had no cell phones so they told deputies they followed in their vehicle at a safe distance when "this officer came out of nowhere and took the one down," according to the press release.

No information was available on the amount of money involved or whether it was recovered.

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