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Bunker Hill man guilty in robbery of disabled man

July 22, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 20-year-old Bunker Hill, W.Va., man faces a minimum of 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty Tuesday afternoon in the January 2008 robbery at gunpoint of a disabled man, the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's office announced.

Andrew Jay Creager is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 28 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes, according to assistant prosecuting attorney Timothy D. Helman.

Creager, who was indicted in October 2008, was accused of robbing the 28-year-old victim Jan. 4, 2008, according to a news release by Helman.

The victim was looking for a ride to a friend's house from the Old Stone Restaurant in Clear Brook, Va., south of the Berkeley County line, Helman said.

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Though he never met Creager, the victim accepted his offer for a ride, Helman said.

Creager and two friends riding with him didn't take the victim where he wanted to go, and Creager robbed him of about $500 in cash, his mobile phone and medication container, Helman said.

The victim was left stranded along a dirt road off Novak Drive near the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport until he was able to flag down a motorist who took him to a convenience store where he called police, according to Helman.

The victim was carrying the large amount of cash because he had just cashed his disability check, Helman said. The victim was disabled from injuries he sustained in a vehicle accident, Helman said.

The jury reached the verdict in about an hour, according to an account of the proceedings prepared by Berkeley County Circuit Clerk Virginia M. Sine's office.

Creager was indicted in February 2009 on counts of grand larceny, conspiracy and burglary, which stem from unrelated incidents, according to court records.

A pretrial hearing for that case is scheduled for next week, court records show.

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