(04/20/2009)
MARMET BANK HEIST - A high-speed chase through Charleston's East End on Friday ended with the arrest of three men who robbed a bank in Marmet.

Media says one of the men is Anthony Artrip, a serial bank robber who, at one time, was on the Top 15 Most Wanted List of the U.S. Marshals.

Police say the men escaped from the Edgecombe County Detention Center in North Carolina on Thursday.

They stole a truck and then headed to West Virginia.

A white man with long hair robbed the City National Bank and was seen running toward Kanawha City with a Kroger shopping bag full of money. He got into a truck.

The truck was spotted speeding west on Interstate 64.

About an hour later, a man fitting the robber's description was pumping gas into a white pickup with two other men at the Stop-N-Go in Charleston.

A Charleston police officer spotted him and tried to talk to him, but the man jumped in the truck and sped off.

Charleston police chased the men along Kanawha Boulevard, Pennsylvania Avenue and throughout the East End.

Kanawha Sheriff Mike Rutherford was on his way to a news conference when he saw the suspects fly by him on Kanawha Boulevard. He joined the chase.

Rutherford said eight sheriff's deputies, four detectives, four or five West Virginia State Police troopers and several Charleston police officers took part in the chase and capture.

MAN CHARGED IN RACIAL FIGHT - Beckley police say a man was slashed in the face when a racially charged argument led to a fight.

Elbert Kelly "Patch" Watson, 59, is charged with malicious wounding, said Capt. Jeff Shumate, chief of detectives.

Police said around 5 p.m. Saturday, a verbal argument broke out between Watson and a male at a duplex.

The argument was sparked by a third party, who is white, making "racial statements."

Watson, who is black, lives in the duplex with the third party.

The alleged victim, was a 35-year-old white man.

The victim sustained a large laceration, and was taken to Raleigh General Hospital.

HUNTINGTON SHOOTING - WSAZ-TV reported another violent crime in an area Huntington Police know all too well.

A man was shot early Saturday morning near the Sunoco Station on 20th Street and 9th Avenue.

The victim is expected to recover.

Police say he was in the area to drop off a friend at 19th Street and 9th Avenue when a fight broke out between the victim and two other men.


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