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Multiple persons sought in two Berkeley County home invasion-style robberies

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

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police in Berkeley County are investigating two home invasions reported on Wednesday, one of which resulted in a victim being taken to the hospital for treatment.

At Sperry Avenue near Martinsburg, three males entered the residence and used a blunt instrument to strike a man several times in the face and torso about 6:40 p.m., the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release

Deputies said the victim was taken to Berkeley Medical Center to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

About three hours later, two suspects armed with guns stole a large amount of cash from a residence on Presbyterian Church Road, West Virginia State Police said Thursday.

The suspects were described as white males that are both possibly between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall. They were wearing jeans and hooded sweatshirts when they entered the residence, police said.

The victims did not require medical treatment for minor injuries they received during the altercation, police said.

The suspects fled on foot toward Back Creek Valley Road after the altercation, police said.

The incidents came little more than 24 hours after police responded to investigate another home invasion-style robbery in the vicinity of Shepherdstown Road and Shipper Court Monday afternoon. They arrested two suspects in that incident a short time later.

Roger Carter Doleman Jr., 27, and Raheim Raphael Doleman, 26, each were charged with single counts of robbery, burglary, assault during the commission of a felony and obstructing and two counts of conspiracy, police said in a news release.

Raheim Doleman also was charged with driving while suspended and fleeing on foot, police said.

A black-and-silver .45-caliber handgun recovered from the suspects by police was identified by the victim as his firearm, according to court records.

The victim, who was treated at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., after the incident, told police he heard a knock on the door. When he answered it, two males on his porch started talking about Jesus, court records said.

The victim said he was then struck from behind, knocked to the floor and struck multiple times after he got up, the records said.

The victim said he then ran outside and was tripped by one of the suspects, who was armed with a sawed-off shotgun and began beating him in his yard, records said.

The other suspect came out of the victim’s residence with his handgun, and the two males fled in a black Jeep, which police subsequently followed to East Race Street, where Roger Doleman Jr. was arrested, records said.

Raheim Doleman was arrested in an alleyway between two Gussie Avenue residences in the 300 block of the street after police said he attempted to flee from officers on foot, records said.

Anyone with information about the Sperry Avenue incident may call Berkeley County sheriff’s Lt. Gary Harmison at 304-267-7000, or Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

Individuals with information about the Presbyterian Church Road incident may call state police at 304-267-0001. Trooper C.S. Maynard is the investigating officer.

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