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UPDATE: Man Rejects Plea Deal in MU Med Student Robbery & Elderly Purse Snatching

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 9/27/13 @ 11:15 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.(WSAZ) -- 40 years in jail for two violent robberies didn't sound like a good deal to a Huntington man, so he rejected a proposed plea deal during a hearing Friday morning.

Huntington Police arrested Duane Scott Maynard, 26, last month and charged him with two separate robberies.

Police say on January 9, Maynard robbed a 24-year-old med school student, who was walking home from the Erma Byrd Clinical Center.

Police say the woman was attacked from behind, beaten in the face and head, and then robbed. Maynard is charged with first degree robbery in that case.

Then on June 13, police say Maynard stole a purse from a 60-year-old woman walking to her car in a grocery store parking lot.

Police say a witness chased Maynard and stabbed him in self defense, before Maynard was able to get away. He is charged with second degree robbery in that crime.

Maynard's case will now be presented to the Grand Jury the first week of November.

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UPDATE 8/16/13 @ 3:55 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has been arrested for two robberies in Huntington, including a Marshall med student and an elderly woman.

Huntington Police say they arrested Duane Scott Maynard, 26, of Huntington, on Thursday.

They say on January 9, Maynard robbed a 24-year-old med school student, who was walking home from the Erma Byrd Clinical Center.

Police say the woman was attacked from behind, beaten in the face and head, then robbed.

Maynard is charged with first degree robbery in that crime.

Huntington Police also charged Maynard with stealing a purse from a 60-year-old woman.

The crime happened on June 13.

Huntington Police say he followed the woman as she she was walking to her car in a grocery store parking lot, grabbed her purse and took off.

Police say a witness chased Maynard and stabbed him in self defense, before Maynard was able to get away.

Maynard is charged with second degree robbery in that crime.

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/10/13 @ 3:05 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. WSAZ) -- Police say a 24-year-old woman was attacked and beaten outside her apartment in Huntington Wednesday night.

The attack happened in the 1300-block of 15th Street about 7 p.m.

Huntington Police say the woman, a medical student, was walking home from the Erma Byrd Clinical Center near 15th Street when she was attacked from behind, beaten in the face and head, and then robbed. They say she is in the hospital, but remembers nothing about the attack.

According to the police report, a witness told officers he heard a woman screaming. When he walked outside he saw a struggle between the victim and her alleged attacker.

The witness says after the attacker took off, the woman staggered onto to her front porch about one half-block away and collapsed. The suspect was last seen running down 15th Street toward 13th Avenue.

Police say they have no description of the suspect, but believe it was a random attack.

"We haven't had any problems in the area, it's a relatively quiet area of town. We'll do the best we can to find out who did this and bring them to justice," said Huntington Police Lt. John Williams

The attacker did take the woman’s cell phone.

Williams says investigators are looking at places close by that may have surveillance footage.

If you have any information that may lead to an arrest, you are asked to call the Huntington Police Department.

The police report indicates that the Marshall University Police Department is aware of the attack since the victim is a medical student.


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