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Magistrate arraigns W.Va. woman accused of helping to rob boyfriend

Rebecca Lynn Sims was arraigned on single counts of first-degree robbery, malicious wounding and two counts of conspiracy to commit the crimes on Aug. 19

December 12, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Berkeley County woman accused of taking part in a robbery of her boyfriend in August was arraigned Wednesday on multiple felony charges in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, according to court documents.

Rebecca Lynn Sims of 264 Sumter Drive, Martinsburg, was arraigned on single counts of first-degree robbery, malicious wounding and two counts of conspiracy to commit the crimes on Aug. 19, according to court documents.

Sims, 27, also was arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on one felony count of conspiracy to uttering in a separate case, according to court documents.

At least two other men were implicated in the robbery, which occurred near the intersection of Tuscarora Pike and Buck Hill Road, according to court documents.

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The victim appeared to be injured and bleeding severely about 2:50 p.m. on Aug. 19 when State Police Sgt. J.D. Burkhart, who was off-duty, spotted him standing at the intersection, according to court documents.

Medical records of the victim’s treatment at City Hospital in Martinsburg indicated he had seven lacerations on his head and legs, according to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Trooper W.M. Roden.

The victim told police that he picked up his girlfriend at a Back Creek Valley Road residence and then she told him that he needed to stop at the “Shanghai bridge” near the Tuscarora Pike and Buck Hill Road intersection so that someone could bring her phone to her, according to court documents.

The victim told police he was attacked while waiting there by two men who arrived in a Chevrolet Impala and that his girlfriend took his mobile phone and car keys, court documents state.

The victim said one man struck him with a pipe and the other wielded a hammer, and that he was struck repeatedly until he was almost unconscious, documents state.

After being released from the hospital, the victim told police he discovered an Xbox 360 video game console and a new pair Nike Jordan shoes were stolen from his residence, according to court documents.

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