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Charleston Robbery Suspect Caught

By: Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Brooks Jarosz Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police arrested a suspect they say knocked another man to the ground and robbed him.

Melvin Murray, 49, of Charleston, was caught and cuffed early Monday morning on Charleston's west side.

Police say Murray punched a man, knocking him to the ground and then stole his watch and went through his pockets.

It happened about 1:40 a.m. near the intersection of Elm Street and Virginia Street West.

Officers say Harold Larue, 32, of Charleston, was walking home after visiting his cousin when two men he didn't know stopped him. That's when Larue says Murray attacked.

Larue was able to describe the suspect to police leading to an arrest. His watch was recovered, according to police.

Larue did have to be taken St. Francis Hospital for a laceration on his face he suffered from the attack.

Murray was charged with first-degree robbery and is in the South Central Regional Jail.

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