Video Lottery Parlor Robbed at Gunpoint

By: WSAZ News Email
By: WSAZ News Email

Police Say Recent Kanawha City Violence Is Just Coincidence

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two violent crimes, within miles, and only three days apart. A murder and then a robbery at a video lottery store have some on edge.

Charleston Police Department Lt. Steve Cooper says, "Anytime there's a robbery and they're forceful during the commission of that robbery, it really heightens the awareness and when there's a weapon involved."

The two cases of extreme violence in Kanawha City are just seven days into the new year, but city leaders say they're not worried. It's just coincidence.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones says, "I would not overly concern myself. Kanawha City isn't under siege. These are isolated incidents."

Cooper adds, "These things occur. You can't exactly predict the date and time they're going to happen. It just so happens these occurred closely together."

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two men are on the run after police say they robbed a video lottery parlor at gunpoint.

It happened just before 1 a.m. Tuesday at Max's Place in the 6800 block of MacCorkle Avenue SE.

Charleston Police tell two men wearing masks and gloves entered the store, and one of the men held the cashier at gunpoint while the other went to the cash register.

The two men ran away from the store on foot with about $200.

Charleston Police are viewing surveillance video from inside the store.

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