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Charles Town bank robbery suspect charged in second robbery

Darius Wayne Cook was being held Thursday at Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond in connection with the BB&T Bank robbery

January 10, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The man charged with the Tuesday robbery of the Bank of Charles Town in Kearneysville, W.Va., also was charged this week with robbing $6,000 from the BB&T Bank in Inwood, W.Va., on Dec. 26, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents.

Darius Wayne Cook, 27, of 51 Entwine Ave. in Martinsburg, was arraigned Thursday on one count of robbery by Magistrate Charles C. Cole Sr., according to court documents.

Cook was being held Thursday at Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond in connection with the BB&T Bank robbery, according to court and jail records. Cook already was being held on a $300,000 bond in connection with the Bank of Charles Town robbery, according to court and jail records.

No one was injured in the BB&T robbery, which was reported Dec. 26 at 9:57 a.m. at 139 Hovatter Drive off W.Va. 51, according to court records and emergency officials.

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West Virginia State Police Trooper C.S. Maynard, who investigated the robbery, was told that Cook entered the bank and demanded all of the bank’s $100 and $50 bills, according to court documents.

Cook did not display a firearm or make a threat with a firearm and left the scene on foot, according to court documents. Cook’s face was screened by some type of covering, and he was wearing white tennis shoes, dark baggy jeans and a dark blue or black hooded jacket, according to court documents.

Maynard said in a complaint against the defendant that Cook admitted to robbing the BB&T Bank after he was arrested for the Bank of Charles Town robbery, according to court documents.

Cook provided specific details of the BB&T robbery that would not have been known by anyone else, Maynard said in his complaint.

Cook told police that Candace Brooke Leber, a co-defendant in the Bank of Charles Town robbery, was not involved in the BB&T robbery, according to court documents.

Leber, 26, also of Martinsburg, is charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery in the Bank of Charles Town robbery, according to police and jail records.

Leber was being held Thursday at Eastern Regional Jail on a $300,000 bond, according to jail records.

Cook and Leber were arrested by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department deputies less than 10 minutes after the Bank of Charles Town robbery was reported, the agency said Tuesday night.

Jefferson County 911 received a bank alarm from 5480 Charles Town Road at 3:52 p.m. and the suspects were detained at 3:59 p.m. at the intersection of Wiltshire and Charles Town roads, police said.

Cook came in the bank and demanded all of the bank’s $20, $50 and $100 bills, Sheriff’s Lt. Tom Hansen said Tuesday night.

Cook was found hiding in the trunk of an older model white two-door Chrysler, which was identified as the getaway vehicle, police said.

Leber allegedly was driving the Chrysler east on Charles Town Road when Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies Sgt. Victor Lupis and Cpl. Steve Holz caught up with the vehicle a little more than two miles from the bank, police said.

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