(11/08/2011)
FAIRMONT STABBER - Fairmont police say 49-year-old Brian Merchant approached an employee of Democratic Club in the bathroom, holding a knife.

Merchant allegedly told the victim to give him cash. Police say that Merchant then took money from the victim, that's when the victim apparently tried to disarm his attacker and they got into a fight.

The victim received a non-life threatening laceration to his head.

Merchant later reportedly stabbed a driver in the chest, a driver that had picked him up. The victim rolled out of his car, and Merchant supposedly took off with the car.

Police went in pursuit and chased Merchant south on I-79, crashing the vehicle and fleeing into the woods.

White Hall Police Department, WV State Police, Harrison County Sheriff's Department, Clarksburg Police Department, Bridgeport Police Department and members of the U.S. Marshal Service all responded to the area to attempt to locate the suspect.

Merchant supposedly tried to get into several homes in the Bridgeport area before he was apprehended and charged.

CHARLESTON HOME INVASION - Charleston police are investigating a home invasion, with three women robbed at gunpoint when several men forced their way into a home.

The robbers took cash and questioned the women about a man named "Ice" who they said they didn't know.

Police indicted at least three assailants, all black males, were involved.

One of the victims, 28-year-old Liberty Wasson of Charleston, was beaten and injured in an apparent road rage incident Sunday afternoon.

She and another woman were beaten by two white males in that incident, police said.

BANK HEIST STOPPED - Police received a call about suspicious activity just before 8 a.m. near the Huntington Bank in Lavalette.

The Wayne County Sheriff's office found two men milling around a vehicle along Riverside Drive, with one of the men wearing a ski mask.

Witnesses saw one of the men cover up a license plate on the car with a piece of plastic before officers arrived.

James Estep, 22, of Huntington, and Frank Jolliff, 22, of Ashland, are both facing charges. The two have been charged with bank robbery with bond set at $200,000.

Police said both men have prior history of armed robbery.

Jolliff was just married on Friday, now spending his honeymoon in Western Regional Jail. Investigators have yet to confirm the presence of a weapons.

SKI MASK THIEF - St. Albans police say a woman wearing a ski mask robbed a convenience store Monday night.

The clerk at the Exxon One Stop said the store had been robbed by a person wearing an orange ski mask and threatened the use of a weapon, although none was shown.

The suspect is believed to be a woman. She fled with a small amount of money.


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