Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 14, 2012

Published warrants list spurs man to turn himself in to police

PRINCETON — A man wanted in Mercer County turned himself in Friday after his family read that police were searching for him in an article on the Bluefield Daily Telegraph web site.

Derek Tabor, 22, of Montcalm turned himself in to the Princeton City Police at approximately 2:15 p.m. Friday after family members saw he was wanted for first-degree robbery on the Daily Telegraph’s web site, according to Officer E.T. Pugh with the Princeton Police Department.

“He said he saw the article on the newspaper web site when it was updated and his family urged him to turn himself in,” Pugh said. “People don’t turn themselves in very often, so we were very glad this happened.”

According to Pugh, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office has an unrelated outstanding warrant on unlawful assault issued for Tabor. Pugh said Tabor is also presently out on bond on drug charges brought against him by the West Virginia State Police.

Law enforcement in Princeton obtained a first-degree robbery warrant for Tabor Thursday after he was identified by the victim.

Pugh previously told the Daily Telegraph the incident occurred at approximately 1:45 a.m. Thursday morning when the victim encountered Tabor at a car wash on Fourth Street in Princeton. According to the victim, Tabor asked for money and when the victim refused to comply Tabor and possibly several other subjects beat the victim and took $50 from his wallet.

The subject was taken to Princeton Community Hospital where he was treated and released Thursday morning for a broken arm and facial wounds.

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.

Tabor was arraigned Friday before Mercer County Magistrate Rick Fowler and is presently out on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

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