UPDATE: Man Sentenced in Milton Flea Market Shooting Case

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE 11/7/13 @ 1 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One of the three people charged in connection with the shooting of a vendor at the Milton Flea Market has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

In August, Romel Green, 21, pleaded guilty to first degree robbery as part of a plead agreement that dropped the other charges in the case.

Thursday morning, Green was sentenced on that charge during a hearing in Cabell County Circuit court.

The shooting happened on March 16, 2012, outside the Milton Flea Market.

Edward Perry says he was unloading his car when he was tied up, robbed and shot three times. He says he played dead so his attackers would leave.

Green, Brett Newman and Tiffany Whittenburg were each charged with attempted murder, first degree robbery and conspiracy in connection with the incident.



UPDATE 8/23/13 @ 10:30 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One of the three people charged in connection with the shooting of a vendor at the Milton Flea Market has made a plea deal.

The shooting happened on March 16, 2012, outside the Milton Flea Market.

Edward Perry says he was unloading his car when he was tied up, robbed and shot three times. He says he played dead so his attackers would leave.

Romel Green, Brett Newman and Tiffany Whittenburg were each charged with attempted murder, first degree robbery and conspiracy.

Friday during a hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court, Green, 21, pleaded guilty to first degree robbery. The other charges were dropped as part of his plea agreement.

He will be sentenced in October.

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UPDATE 6/28/12
MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The three people arrested for their role in the shooting of a vendor at the Milton Flea Market have been indicted by a Cabell County Grand Jury.

Edward Perry was shot during an attempted robbery back in March.

The indictment charges Romel Green, Brett Newman, Tiffany Whittenburg with attempted murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy.

All three people remain in the Western Regional Jail.



UPDATE 3/30/12 @ 11 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A victim shot three times and left for dead took the stand in court Friday.

The attack happened March 16 outside the Milton Flea Market.

The flea market owner saw the suspects' license plate number. Two of the three suspects were arrested later that day.

Brett Newman, the accused gunman, was found and arrested in Guyandotte on March 21.

Friday Edward Perry, the shooting victim, took the stand at his accused shooter's preliminary hearing.

Perry buys and sells gold and silver at a booth in the flea market.

On the morning of March 16, Perry arrived and was unloading his car. He says that's when he was ambushed.

"This is one that bothers me,” Perry said on the stand, referring to one of his gunshots. “This was between my knee and my hip."

Perry says two suspects had been waiting for him in the woods by the flea market. He says the suspects tied him up, robbed him and shot him three times.

"I got up to run to the produce and got shot again," he said.

Perry says another shot went into his lower back, up through his lung and through the right part of his chest.

Perry says he pretended he was dead so his attackers would quit shooting him.

"I said to myself, I'll lay here just a second and play dead, but I knew I still had enough strength to get up and get help," he said.

Perry says after he watched the suspects leave, he got up and walked about 50 feet to another section of the flea market where other people were working. They called 911.

Brett Newman, Tiffany Whittenburg, and Romel Green are all facing attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery charges.

Whittenburg is also accused of driving the getaway car.

The case is now going to the grand jury.

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UPDATE 3/21/12 @ 10:16 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The third suspect in the shooting of a vendor at the Milton flea market is now behind bars.

Members of the U.S. Marshal's CUFF Task Force along with Sheriff Deputies arrested Brett Newman, 31, of Huntington, at a residence on Buffington Avenue in the Guyandotte section of Huntignton about 4:30 Wednesday morning.

Newman is charged with attempted murder and armed robbery. He was arraigned in Cabell County Magistrate Court where his bond was set at $750,000. A preliminary hearing is set for March 30. He is now in the Western Regional Jail.

The Sheriff's Office received a tip that Newman was hiding at a friend’s house so officers knocked on the door and arrested Newman without incident.

Sheriff Tom McComas says law enforcement had "a full court press" on Newman which led to his arrest.

Over the past couple of days deputies searched a house on Justice Street in Burlington Ohio. While searching the residence, the Sheriff says Newman was actually in the woods watching officers conduct the search.

Sheriff McComas says Newman has a military background which made it difficult to locate him since he knew how to survive in the woods.



UPDATE 3/21/12 @ 6 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The third suspect in the shooting of a flea market vendor has been arrested.

Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas says Brett Newman was arrested Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. He was arrested by deputies at a home on Buffington Avenue in the Guyandotte section Huntington.

Sheriff McComas says they received a tip that Newman might be at that location.

Newman was wanted in the shooting of Edward Perry that happened during a robbery Friday morning at the Milton Flea Market.

Tiffany Whittenburg and Romel Green were arrested shortly after the shooting on Friday. They are charged with attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy.

Perry's condition is not being released to the media.

Be sure to check back at WSAZ.com for the latest information as it's released.



UPDATE 3/16/12 @ 6 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people have been arrested and one person is on the run after a robbery and shooting at the Milton Flea Market.

Cabell County Sheriff's deputies say they are searching for Brett Newman, 31, of Huntington. He is accused of shooting Edward Perry, a longtime vendor at the market in a robbery that went very wrong very quickly.

“It was scary, it could be me the next time,” Boyd Meadows said.

Meadows is the owner at the flea market. He heard the gunshots and saw one of the suspects drive off. He didn't mind sharing what he witnessed this morning when one of his vendors was shot.

“I pulled up and heard three gunshots. I saw the car with the trunk up and door open,” Meadows said.

Meadows says Edward Perry was just arriving at the market to open his booth where he bought and sold gold and silver. His car was towed away by investigators. They say Perry was getting out of his car when Brett Newman and Romel Green showed up with guns in hand to rob him. They tied his hands, but when he tried to run away, Sheriff Tom McComas says Newman fired shots.

The two took off--dropping quite a bit of the loot in the process including gold coins and other items. They jumped in the getaway car driven by Tiffany Whittenburg.

“I didn't know what was going on. Wrong place, wrong time.
“Were you surprised to know someone had been shot,” asked WSAZ.com's Carrie Cline.

“I didn't know what was going on,” said Whittenburg.

“I followed the car and got the license number and called 911,” Meadows said.

“I have to thank those at the flea market for their extreme cooperation that really made a difference in this case,” Sheriff Tom McComas said.

That quick thinking by meadows lead to the discovery of the car near the Huntington Mall and two of the suspects at the Barboursville Walmart. Deputies believe Newman is now back in the Huntington area.

“You should not approach him. He should be considered armed and dangerous,” Sheriff McComas said.

Whittenburg and Green are in the Western Regional Jail charged with attempted first degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy.
They're on a $750,000 cash bond.

Sheriff McComas says Perry is at St. Mary's Medical Center where he's in stable condition.



UPDATE 3/16/12 @ 5 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) --The Cabell County Sheriff has released the name of a vendor who was shot during a robbery at the Milton Flea Market.

Sheriff Tom McComas says Edward Perry, a longtime jewelry vendor at the flea market, was shot twice -- once in the chest and once in the leg.

Perry was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.

Deputies arrested and charged Tiffany Whittenburg, 33 and Romel Green, 20, with attempted first degree murder, first degree robbery and conspiracy.

A third suspect, Brett Newman, remains on the run.

UPDATE 3/16/12 @ 2:30 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- The Cabell County Sheriff's Department has arrested and charged Tiffany Whittenburg, 33 and Romel Green, 20, both of Huntington with Attempted First Degree Murder, First Degree Robbery and Conspiracy. A third suspect, Brett Newman, is still on the run.

According to the criminal complaint, the three suspects drove Newman's car to the Milton Flea Market with the intent to rob the victim, who is a vendor there. Whittenburg drove the car.

Once there, Newman and Green took a .38 caliber and SKS Assault Rifle and approached the victim.

The report says they tried to rob the victim, forcing him to the ground and trying restrain his hands. But, the victim got up and ran away. That's when deputies say the two chased him and Newman shot at him three times, hitting him twice in the chest and leg. They were able to get away with a briefcase.

Deputies found Green and Whittenburn, along with the car near the Huntington Tennis Club on Nichols Drive in Barboursville.

Green and Whittenburg are in the Western Regional Jail on a $750,000 bond.

Police haven't released the victim's name yet pending notification of family. Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas has called a 3:30pm press conference to release all of the details along with a photo of the Newman, who's still on the run.



UPDATE 3/16/12 @ 12 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man and woman are in custody and being questioned about a shooting at the Milton Flea Market Friday Morning.

Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas says deputies are also looking for a third person who might have been involved with that shooting. At this time no charges have been filed.

The shooting was reported just after 8 a.m. Friday.

Boyd Meadows, the owner of the flea market, says the victim is a vendor at the flea market.

McComas has not released the man’s name or condition.

Meadow says the suspects fled the scene in a red car. McComas says deputies found that car abandoned in the Barboursville area behind the Huntington Tennis Center.

Deputy Doug Ferguson says deputies are still looking for a man in his late 20’s. they say he is 5'5", wearing a long sleeve blue shirt and jeans or black shorts. He may be carrying some type of black bag. Ferguson does not believe he is armed.

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UPDATE 3/16/12 @ 8:55 a.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has been shot in an apparent attempted armed robbery at the flea market in Milton, according to Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas.

The shooting was reported just after 8 a.m. Friday.

No word on the victim's condition.

McComas says deputies have stopped what is believed to be the suspect's vehicle in the Barboursville area. The car is a red Pontiac.

Deputy Doug Ferguson tells WSAZ.com that one person has been detained for questioning. Deputies are looking for another person at this time.

They say the man is 5'5", wearing a long sleeve blue shirt and jeans or black shorts. He may be carrying some type of black bag. According to deputies, he is in his late 20s. They do not believe he is armed.

The search is taking place in a residential area around the Huntington mall where the car was found.

We have a crew at the scene.

No other information is being released at this time.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/16/12 @ 8:19 a.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Cabell County Sheriff Deputies are investigating a reported shooting near the flea market in Milton.

The shooting was reported just after 8 a.m.

Emergency crews are headed to the scene.

No other information is available at this time.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.


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