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Man charged in robbery attempt jailed

January 05, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man accused of attempting to rob a Domino's Pizza shop at knifepoint in Martinsburg last month was identified after he answered the door of a neighbor's home when an employee of the business went there to deliver pizza, according to court records.

Jeffery Keith Hancock Jr., 20, of 33 Sopwith Way in Martinsburg, was in Eastern Regional Jail Monday evening on charges of attempted armed robbery and assault during the commission of a felony, court records state.

Magistrate W. Randy Smith set a $40,000 bond for the defendant over the weekend.

Hancock is accused of trying to rob the business at 1002 Winchester Ave. on Dec. 17 by holding a knife to the neck of an employee at the shop and demanding money, police have said.

After being told there was no money in the drawers, the defendant left the business, police said. The robbery attempt was recorded by surveillance equipment and video footage showed the suspect wearing a unique black and white Orioles ball cap, according to a complaint filed in court by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman J.L. Harper.

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Harper said in his complaint that when Hancock opened the door of a residence at 59 Sopwith Way to pay for pizza, the delivery person recognized him as the suspect.

Police later found clothing in Hancock's home, including a hat, that matched what appeared in the video surveillance recording, Harper said in his complaint.

The defendant told police he did not know about the attempted robbery and had nothing to do with the incident, adding he was in his room alone when the crime happened, Harper said in his complaint.

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