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Hedgesville man accused in Walgreens robbery arraigned on additional charges

June 27, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Hedgesville, W.Va., man charged with robbing the Walgreens store in Martinsburg on June 22 was arraigned Thursday on additional charges related to his alleged attempt to flee from police after the incident.

Jesse Lee Gibson, 27, was arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate Betty Jo Hersh on single felony counts of fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference, attempted malicious wounding and fleeing in a vehicle causing injury, according to magistrate court documents.

Gibson also was arraigned on misdemeanor counts of driving while revoked for driving under the influence, obstructing, fleeing on foot, failure to obey traffic signal, no proof of insurance and fleeing in a vehicle causing damage, the court documents said.

Gibson was arraigned previously on a felony robbery charge in the Walgreens incident. He also was arraigned earlier this week on a felony robbery charge related to the June 18 robbery of Moore’s Pharmacy in Martinsburg.

During the alleged pursuit of Gibson after the Walgreens robbery, a Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputy received minor injuries when his police cruiser was struck by Gibson’s vehicle, the documents said.

The deputy was treated at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, the documents said.

After the vehicle pursuit ended in the vicinity of the 21-mile marker on Interstate 81, Gibson fled on foot and was running toward oncoming traffic on the interstate, the documents said.

At one point, Gibson yelled, “Kill me, kill me” at a deputy, who ordered him to stop and chased him, the documents said.

The officer said he subdued Gibson with his stun gun out of fear for Gibson’s and his own safety when the suspect ran north in a southbound lane of the highway, the documents said.

Gibson was detained after the incident, the documents said.

— Matthew Umstead

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