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Hedgesville man charged with attempted robbery with alleged explosive device

June 22, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Hedgesville, W.Va., man who allegedly tried to rob a Martinsburg, W.Va., drug store with an explosive device Saturday morning was captured after he led police on a chase that ended on Interstate 81 when he crashed into a concrete barrier, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

Jesse Lee Gibson, 27, of Oak Grove School Road, was charged with attempted robbery, police said in a news release.

Police said a man entered the Walgreens drug store on Edwin Miller Boulevard at about 7 a.m. Saturday and tried to get narcotics by telling employees he had an explosive device that he could detonate with a cellphone.

The man fled the store without the drugs and drove away in a white minivan that didn’t have a registration plate, according to the release. Officers spotted the van on Lutz Avenue and tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to stop, leading police on a chase that went north on Edwin Miller Boulevard, then onto Interstate 81, police said.

Police said the minivan struck a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office vehicle on Interstate 81 and went over a concrete barrier in a construction zone. The minivan came to rest near the 21-mile marker.

Officers said the man fled the vehicle, but was captured by deputies after he jumped over a barrier into the southbound lanes.

West Virginia State Police were called to check the area for an explosive device, but nothing was found, according to the release.

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