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Man charged after armed robbery, chase in Berkeley Springs

March 29, 2012
  • David Allen Lewis
West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — A 55-year-old man was arrested following an armed robbery Wednesday night at Dollar General in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia State Police said.

David Allen Lewis, no address given, was being held on $32,000 bond at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., awaiting a preliminary hearing, according to state police and the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority.

Lewis was charged with armed robbery and wanton endangerment with a firearm, state police said in a news release. He also was charged with fleeing, obstructing an officer and possession of a firearm by a felon by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, police said.

The robbery at the Dollar General at 1005 Valley Road was reported around 7:45 p.m.

The cashier said that a man with gray hair, wearing blue jeans and a black, hooded sweat shirt pointed a pistol at him and demanded money, police said.

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The man took an undetermined amount of cash and fled northbound on foot, the cashier told troopers.

Morgan County Sheriff Vince Shambaugh spotted the man near Greenway Drive. When Shambaugh approached, the man began running and was seen reaching inside his jacket.

After what police described as an extensive chase, the man was caught, and a .22-caliber handgun was found nearby, police said.

Lewis was charged after the clerk identified him, and authorities reviewed surveillance video of the robbery, police said.

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