Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 20, 2013

Police nab robbery suspect

BLUEFIELD, Va. — A West Virginia man who displayed weapons to clerks at a Tazewell County, Va., gasoline station Saturday afternoon, and made off with an undisclosed amount of money, was captured without incident less than a half of a mile from the station he robbed.

William Walker, 35, of Fayette County, W.Va., allegedly approached the clerks at the Hometown Shell Station on College Avenue in Bluefield, Va., at 5:05 p.m., displayed weapons to the clerks and demanded money. Personnel at the station gave Walker an undisclosed amount of money in excess of $200, and activated the panic alarm as he returned to his vehicle, a red Ford car.

“Officers from the Bluefield, Va., Police Department responded within one minute,” Lt. Pete Beavers of the Bluefield Police Department said. “Almost immediately, we spotted the suspect vehicle, but lost it for a short time.

“Officer Matt Shrader patrolled through the Sam’s Club parking lot and spotted the suspect vehicle,” Beavers said. “He captured the suspect without incident and recovered two BB guns that he had displayed to the clerks during the robbery. They believed they were real guns.”

Beavers said that the vehicle that Walker fled from the scene in had been reported as stolen from Greenbrier County, W.Va. He said that so far, Walker has been charged with armed robbery, grand larceny and possession of a stolen vehicle. Walker was at the Bluefield PD late Saturday night still being processed.

“The clerks at Hometown Shell did everything right and Officer Shrader did a great job of finding the suspect and arresting him without incident,” Beavers said. “All of the money taken in the robbery was recovered, no one was injured and the suspect is in custody.” He said the capture took place about an hour after the robbery.

Beavers said additional charges are pending.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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