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Man charged in connection with arson accused in robbery, stabbing

May 04, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --A man charged in connection with an April 24 fire that was deliberately set in a vacant duplex at 910 Central Ave. in Martinsburg is accused of robbing and stabbing a man near Marlowe, W.Va., on March 27, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Joshua Daniel Stevens, 30, was charged with malicious wounding and armed robbery, according to warrants issued Tuesday by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, according to court records.

Police have asked the community for help in finding Stevens, who was previously charged with first-degree arson, burglary, grand larceny, petit larceny and destruction of property, according to court records.

The stabbing victim, who needed substantial treatment for his injuries and was not immediately available to give a statement, told police on April 29 that he was "100 percent positive" that Stevens stabbed him after seeing the defendant's photograph accompanying a story in a newspaper concerning the arson, according to court records. The stabbing and robbery were investigated by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department in the area off Broad Lane in Sportsman's Paradise, according to court records.

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At the Central Avenue home, Stevens is accused of setting a fire in a clothes dryer with items stolen from a Martinsburg Police Department cruiser near Moler Avenue, according to court records.

The fire went out by itself, but not before causing about $10,000 in smoke damage and destroying the dryer, according to Lt. Greg Hoover, chief fire investigator for the Martinsburg Fire Department.

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