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Martinsburg man accused of robbing 7-Eleven store at gunpoint arraigned

May 04, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A Martinsburg man accused of robbing a 7-Eleven store at gunpoint in Ranson, W.Va., was arraigned Friday on multiple charges after warrants executed Thursday for an ongoing homicide investigation led police to him.

Xavier Juan Roberts, 23, of 25 Halsey Court was arraigned by Jefferson County Magistrate Mary Paul Rissler on charges of armed robbery, brandishing a deadly weapon and petit larceny, according to court documents.

Roberts was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Friday on a $100,000 bond that Rissler set, according to jail and court records.

Roberts was implicated in the April 22 robbery at 809 Mildred St. by a store clerk at the 7-Eleven who told police she overheard the defendant and another man discuss robbing the business before it occurred, court documents said.

A search of the clerk’s apartment at the Apple Tree Gardens Apartments Thursday led to the discovery of black faded jeans and black shoes, clothing that appeared to match the description of what the robber was wearing, the documents said.

After overhearing the conversation, the woman told police she told the men, who were both staying with her, that she didn’t want them to rob the store because of her job, the documents said.

Police said the masked robber brandished a firearm, and ordered the store clerk and another female clerk to give him all the money in the store registers and Newport 100 cigarettes.

The robber took $157.21 from the registers and 19 packs of cigarettes with a value of $105.45, the  documents said.

On Thursday, the clerk admitted to police that she initially held back information concerning the robbery. The woman told police she knew the robber’s identity because of the way he walked and his physical size, the documents said.

She also said the defendant admitted to her that he robbed the store, the documents said.

Ranson Police Chief William “Bill” Roper said the 7-Eleven robbery may be related to the April 25 fatal shooting of 27-year-old Dontrell Tyree Curry at the Apple Tree Gardens Apartments, which is also in the 800 block of North Mildred Street.

Curry was found shot in a second-floor apartment in Building 8 of the government-subsidized housing complex, police have said.  

Curry had a relationship with Rachel Cooke, 26, who resided at the apartment, Roper said Friday. Curry was not on the lease, but was staying overnight there when he was shot, he said.

Cooke was found shot in the arm after authorities responded to a report of shots fired at 5 a.m. 

Roper said the homicide investigation has revealed that Cooke and Curry were shot after two or three people wearing ski masks entered the apartment in a home-invasion-style robbery.

No further description of the suspects was available Friday.

Curry was found in a rear bedroom of the apartment, and Cooke was found sitting on a sofa in the living room, Roper said.

He said that apart from the 7-Eleven robbery arrest, police detained three others as a result of the execution of the warrants, including:

• Amber K. Williams, 25, of Ranson, was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and cocaine.

• William J. Holmes, aka Stephen Holmes, 25, of Ranson, was detained for failure to appear in court to face prosecution on a misdemeanor count of fleeing from a police officer and two counts of no registration.

• Melissa L. Lindamood, 31, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of a simple assault.

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