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Man charged in two armed robberies in Ranson

August 09, 2010|By RICHARD F. BELISLE
  • Alexis Rios Conde
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RANSON, W.Va.-- A suspect with a poor sense of timing was being held at the Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond on two charges of armed robbery following Monday-morning incidents, Ranson police said.

Sgt. Todd D. Lutman Sr. said the first incident occurred at the 7-Eleven on South Mildred Street at 5:30 a.m. The second, at 10 a.m., was at Sofia's, a gaming facility at Ranson Square Shopping Center.

In both incidents, the suspect, identified as Alexis Rios Conde, 31, entered the establishment, pulled over his head a T-shirt with eye holes cut out, approached employees and showed a weapon, Lutman said. Money was taken in both robberies, he said.

There were no injuries.

7-Eleven security cameras caught the man's face as he entered and left the store because he waited until he was inside before he put on the T-shirt, and then took it off before he walked out, Lutman said.

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Officers recognized him from prior contact with the department, Lutman said.

Also, employees at both establishments told police that the person who robbed them wore a T-shirt with holes in it over his head, Lutman said.

The suspect was apprehended without incident by Officer Crystal Tharp, who recognized him as he drove past the 7-Eleven that was robbed hours earlier.

Tharp said she pulled over the suspect.

"I saw that he had both hands on the wheel and I hollered at him to step out of the car," Tharp said.

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