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Two in custody after 76-year-old Martinsburg man beaten, robbed

December 01, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • Tyler Shane Munson
West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A second man has been charged in the violent robbery and beating of a 76-year-old man in his Martinsburg-area home Monday night, according to West Virginia State Police and court records.

Tyler Shane Munson, 20, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., was arrested Thursday and charged with malicious wounding, aggravated robbery, burglary, assault during the commission of a felony and four counts of conspiracy, according to court documents.

Evan Russell Shirley, 22, also of Bunker Hill, was charged Wednesday with aggravated robbery, burglary and four counts of conspiracy, according to court documents.

Both Shirley and Munson were being held at Eastern Regional Jail, according to the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority website.

A $200,000 cash-only bond was set by Magistrate Harry L. Snow for Shirley on Wednesday and the same bond amount was set for Munson Thursday during his arraignment by Magistrate Jim Humphrey, according to jail and court records.

The victim was treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg for wounds to his head and arms, and was released Tuesday, according to police and a hospital official.

The victim told police he heard a loud bang and saw two men come through the back door of his residence at 1104 Winchester Ave. He said he was unable to identify either suspect because he was struck in the head with an object that felt like lead, court documents said.

The victim said he was struck multiple times in the head and face, and also was struck in the arm after he raised it to defend himself, the documents said.

Police, who responded to investigate the robbery at 11:03 p.m., found the frame of the back door destroyed, a blood-soaked recliner and blood spread on a wall next to the chair, the documents said.

The victim told police the two males took money from his pants pocket and collectible coins from his home, the documents said.

After the men left the home, the victim said he watched them walk north on Winchester Avenue toward the nearby Heritage Inn, the documents said.

Early Tuesday morning, a witness at the Heritage Inn told police that he talked to Munson, who had coins he apparently intended to pawn in Winchester, Va. The witness said he saw two laptop computers in a Food Lion grocery bag.

The witness also recounted talking to Munson and another man, who police later identified as Shirley, on Wilson Street off Winchester Avenue, court records said.

Early Wednesday morning, police found Shirley in the Inwood, W.Va., area. Shirley subsequently gave a statement indicating he and Munson wore masks when they kicked in the back door of the victim's home, according to court documents.

Shirley told police that Munson struck the victim multiple times until he became unconscious, and that he watched Munson take the coins from different parts of the home, as well as the laptop computers, the documents said.

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