Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 17, 2013

Robbery suspect shot at hotel

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Police in Bluefield were still working to sort out the details Tuesday of an early morning armed robbery at a city video lottery parlor that apparently led to a shooting a short time later at a local hotel.

The armed robbery was reported at 2 a.m. at Patty’s at the Bluefield Plaza on Cumberland Road, according to Lt. G.W. Lightfoot of the Bluefield Police Department. The shooting was then reported at 3:20 a.m. at the Economy Inn, also on Cumberland Road.

Lightfoot said Larry Kidd, 29, of Bluefield, was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery. Jason Penley, 24, of Bluefield, was shot once and airlifted to a hospital in Kingsport, Tenn. Lightfoot said Penley also was later charged Tuesday with first-degree robbery.

Lightfoot said Penley sustained one gunshot wound, and was still being treated at the hospital late Tuesday. The man is expected to be extradited back to West Virginia upon his release from the hospital.

Lightfoot said an ax handle and knife was brandished at the video lottery parlor. He said a “pretty small amount of money” was taken from the establishment. No employees or customers were injured in the robbery.

Kidd was arraigned on the first-degree robbery charge Tuesday by Mercer County Magistrate Susan Honaker, who set a cash-only bond at $25,000.

Police didn’t immediately confirm Tuesday who shot Penley. However, Lightfoot said authorities were not actively searching for a shooter.

“The shooting is still under investigation,” Lightfoot said. “As far as how the shooting occurred, we are still investigating.”

The case is being handled by Lt. G.W. Myers and Patrolman R.D. Davis.

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