Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 23, 2013

Police search for suspects, victim, following late night robbery and gun fight in Mercer


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRUSHFORK — Investigators are still seeking information this morning after an alleged robbery led to shots being fired Monday night.

The incident began at 10:15 p.m. after there was a report of a robbery in downtown Bluefield, said Lt. Joe Parks of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. The victim followed the alleged robbers, described as two adult males in a green Jeep Cherokee, and tracked them down Old Bramwell Road to Brushfork. The caller then reported that one of the Jeep’s occupants had started shooting at them.

Parks and a trooper with the West Virginia State Police stopped the Jeep after it left the Restwood community, got back on Bramwell Road and headed toward Brushfork on Route 123.

A traffic stop was conducted and one occupant, a 19-year-old man, was arrested on a Bluefield warrant, Parks said. No weapon or money was found. The victim had been told to wait in the Burger King parking lot off Route 52 in Brushfork, but he left the scene before investigators arrived. No injuries were reported, and a check of local hospitals did not reveal anybody with gunshot wounds.

Parks said he was trying to contact the victim and looking for more details. He urged anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s department or the state police.