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Patrons of 7-Eleven capture man accused of robbing store, customer

April 29, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man accused of robbing a 7-Eleven and a store customer at knifepoint Sunday night was captured in a nearby field by two patrons who chased after him, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s office said.

Michael Allen Clavey, 20, of 10782 Winchester Ave., Bunker Hill, W.Va., was arraigned Monday by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on two counts of armed robbery and one count of conspiracy, according to court documents.

Thomas Alexander Wells, 19, of 522 Doe Run Road, Inwood, W.Va., who was arraigned Monday on two counts of accessory to armed robbery and one count of conspiracy, was arrested after additional police investigation, according to court documents.

Deputies allege that a man wearing a camouflage paintball facemask entered the store about 11:25 p.m. Sunday and pulled a knife, police said.

Witnesses said the suspect robbed a female customer at the counter and a clerk behind the counter.

The sheriff’s office said two patrons, Bobby Souders and Joshua Butts, chased the man when he fled and that they caught up with him and held him on the ground until deputies arrived.

Deputy M.T. Longerbeam said in a complaint against the defendants that $17 was taken from the store’s cash drawer and $84 was taken from the female who was making a purchase at the counter at the time of the robbery, according to court documents.

The weapon allegedly used in the robbery, a black and silver knife with a 5-inch blade, was found in the field where Clavey was captured, according to court documents.

Deputies said Clavey told them he drove his pickup to Valley View Elementary School and walked to the 7-Eleven.

Clavey later told deputies that Wells had been riding with him in the pickup truck and knew he intended to rob the store in order to purchase K2, which is also known as synthetic marijuana, according to court documents.

Wells was arrested after police interviewed an individual at the residence where the truck was ultimately found parked in the driveway, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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