Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 13, 2012

Police search for suspect in Princeton strong-armed robbery

PRINCETON — Officers with the Princeton Police Department are searching for a subject in connection with a strong-armed robbery that left the victim in the hospital early Thursday.

Officer E.T. Pugh with the Princeton Police Department said law enforcement is looking for multiple suspects after a victim reported he was beaten and robbed at a car wash on Fourth Street in Princeton around 1:45 a.m. Thursday.

“Allegedly, the victim said suspect Derek Tabor asked him for money,” Pugh said. “When the victim said he didn’t have any money on him, the victim said Tabor and possibly more subjects beat him and stole $50, which was all the money he had.”

A warrant was obtained Thursday for Derek Tabor, 22, of Montcalm for first-degree robbery as a result of the incident. Pugh said Tabor is a person of interest wanted for questioning in the incident and might be staying in the Princeton area. Police are also looking for a 2000-model silver Ford Taurus also connected with the incident.

 Officers are also looking for other subjects who may have been involved in the incident. Pugh said the victim was only able to positively identify Tabor, but said there is the possibility more individuals were involved.

The victim was transported to Princeton Community hospital with a broken arm and facial wounds, but was released early Thursday morning.

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