Man charged in two armed robberies in Ranson

August 09, 2010|By RICHARD F. BELISLE
  • Alexis Rios Conde

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.


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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