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Three arraigned in robberies

January 15, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three suspects charged in two home invasion-style robberies in Martinsburg this month were arraigned Thursday on charges of armed robbery and grand larceny, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Leonard Anthony Wooten, aka Woo, 41, no fixed address, and Megan Renee Ryman, 21, of 137 W. King St. in Martinsburg, both were arraigned by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on two counts of armed robbery and grand larceny, and were in Eastern Regional Jail on $150,000 bonds.

Henry Allen Payton, 40, of 323 E. Moler Ave. in Martinsburg, already incarcerated for one of the robberies, was arraigned Thursday on counts of armed robbery and grand larceny by Miller, who added a $75,000 cash bond to another $75,000 cash bond set earlier this week by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg. Bragg arraigned Payton on charges of armed robbery, receiving/transferring stolen property and three counts of conspiracy to commit the crimes, according to court records.

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Martinsburg Police Department Detective Lt. G.B. Swartwood said Thursday in a press release that robberies Jan. 3 at 104 Swartz St. and Sunday at 1013 S. Raleigh St., Apt. 6, were carried out similarly and the descriptions investigators received about the suspects also appeared to match.

Wooten and Ryman were arrested Thursday at an area retail store after allegedly shoplifting, then detained on warrants issued for the robberies, Swartwood said.

Police recovered a silver pellet pistol that was believed to be one of the weapons used in the robberies, Swartwood said.

The victim in the Jan. 3 home invasion on Swartz Street was charged Monday with malicious wounding after stabbing a man in an altercation at his home, according to court records.

Witnesses told police that Richard Charles Taylor, 53, of 104 Swartz St., and the victim had been arguing, but neither would tell Martinsburg police what the fight was about.

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