Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 23, 2014

Suspect surrenders to police

Man turns himself in for attempted armed robbery

PRINCETON — The man who was a suspect in the attempted robbery of an Airport Road area machine shop Friday morning, surrendered to police Saturday night, a Mercer County sheriff’s deputy said.

Ricky Hopkins, 27, of Princeton, surrendered to Deputy J.D. Ellison, and was arraigned Sunday morning before Mercer County Magistrate Susan Honaker who set his bond at $5,000, according to Deputy W.E. Rose of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Hopkins was being held Sunday afternoon in the Bluefield City Jail.

Hopkins was the suspect in a botched robbery of the Ceres Gear & Machine Shop. The 70-year-old owner of the business grabbed the arm of his assailant and although the attacker struck the business owner on the head with a handgun, the 70-year-old man was able to push his attacker out of the door and lock it to prevent him to gain re-entry.

Ellison said on Friday that a suspect entered the machine shop shortly after 9 a.m., on Friday, produced a handgun and demanded money from the business owner. After their incident, deputies with the Mercer Sheriff’s Depart-ment, the West Virginia State Police, Bluefield City Police and the police departments of Bramwell and Matoaka searched the Brushfork and Bluewell area for the subject.

Ellison was not immediately available for additional comment Sunday evening.

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