Burglary victim says he was bound, blinded

December 31, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man is accused of assaulting and then robbing a man who told police he was tied up with a black cord and his eyes were taped over in a nighttime burglary at his home in the Pike View Acres subdivision south of Martinsburg, according to court records.

Jeremy Laquinn Hawkins, 20, was arraigned Thursday by Berkeley County Magistrate W. Randy Smith on felony counts of first-degree robbery, grand larceny, assault during the commission of a felony, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, according to court records.

Smith set a $125,000 bond for Hawkins, who told Smith in the arraignment hearing that the Dec. 15 burglary was a case of "he said, she said" and that he knew the victim.

Smith responded by telling Hawkins not to discuss the allegation with him since he might be assigned the case.

Another male was with Hawkins when the robbery occurred, according to a complaint filed in magistrate court by West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.D. Burkhart. The second individual has not been arrested.


The robbery victim's forehead was bleeding and the right side of his face was swollen when Burkhart and Troopers J.J. Bowman and P.L. North responded to a Shady Lane home to investigate, according to Burkhart's complaint.

The value of a 27-inch flat-screen television, keyboard, drum machine and other equipment reported stolen from the victim's home was $3,970, according to Burkhart's complaint.

A room the victim had set up for recording appeared to be ransacked and a table was overturned, according to the complaint.

The victim told police he was punched in the right side of his face three times by Hawkins, whose face was covered with a mask, according to Burkhart's complaint.

Though disguised, the victim said he was 100 percent positive that Hawkins, who he knew as "Black," was the assailant.

The victim told police he was able to free himself because Hawkins and another individual with him did not do a very good job of tying his hands, according to court records.

Hawkins, who was arrested Wednesday night, told Smith in the arraignment hearing that his mailing address was 59 Sopwith Lane near Martinsburg, but court records show the defendant also has a Landover, Md., address.

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