W.Va. man faces robbery, firearm charges

December 14, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 31-year-old man was in Eastern Regional Jail on Monday on counts of first-degree robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and two other felony charges, according to court and jail records.

Arthur Lee Hairston Jr., no fixed address, also was charged with obstructing an officer and fleeing on foot, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Magistrate Harry L. Snow set a $122,000 cash-only bond in an arraignment hearing on Saturday.

At 9 p.m. Friday, Martinsburg Police Department patrol officers J.L. Harper and D.P. North arrested Hairston after the defendant attempted to flee on foot near the intersection of West John and South Raleigh streets, according to court records.

Harper said in his complaint that he was aware that a warrant charging Hairston with the robbery of a woman in August 2009 on West Commerce Street had not been served, according to court records.


The officers used a Taser on Hairston during the arrest and found him in possession of a loaded FNH 9 mm handgun, according to Harper's complaint.

In the robbery case, a woman told police she was pulled from her vehicle, her jewelry -- seven rings, a necklace and a bracelet -- was taken and then she was dragged to the bank of Tuscarora Creek, according to court records.

There, the victim said she was told by her assailant that he was going to slice her throat, but he eventually left the area after telling her to lie facedown and count to 100, according to court records.

The woman said she counted to 100 and returned to her car to find the contents of her glove compartment and belongings scattered all over the vehicle, according to the complaint.

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