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Man sought in W.Va. slaying is arrested in Wilkes-Barre

Rasshammach Roberts is a suspect in the shooting death of Ryan Henry and wounding of Richard Henry

April 11, 2012

Featured last week on “America’s Most Wanted,”  a man wanted on charges in a 2011 slaying in West Virginia reportedly spent time in Hagerstown while on the run from authorities before his capture this week in Pennsylvania.

Rasshammach Roberts, 29, one of four men wanted for the Sept. 4 shooting at My Place in Ridgeley, W.Va., was apprehended in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Monday, according to a news release from the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Roberts was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force, the release said.

When arrested in Wilkes-Barre, he initially denied being Roberts, but after being fingerprinted, admitted his identity, the release said.

Roberts had escaped to Hagerstown and then into West Virginia shortly after the shooting. The search for him covered seven states, the release said.

Roberts is a suspect in the shooting death of 25-year-old Ryan Henry and wounding of Richard Henry, 23, who was shot in the face, the release said.


Police originally responded to My Place for a 911 caller who reported hearing screaming and gunshots at the bar.

Another suspect in the shooting, Rasjahnon Roberts, 27, of Queens, N.Y., was arrested by members of the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force on Sept. 16, the release said.

The “America’s Most Wanted” website identifies him as Rasshammach Roberts’ brother.

The task force and members of the Capital Area Regional Task Force also arrested another suspect, Tavon Kearney in Hampton, Va., on Oct. 24.

A third suspect, Taj Green was arrested by U.S. marshals from the New York New Jersey Task Force in Jamaica, N.Y., on Nov. 7, the release said.

The Roberts brothers and Kearney were charged by the mineral County Sheriff’s Office with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the release said.

The release did not have information on charges against Green.

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