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UPDATE: Man Sentenced for Brutal Bar Robbery

By: Olivia Fecteau, Amanda Barren, Kristen Schneider Email
By: Olivia Fecteau, Amanda Barren, Kristen Schneider Email

UPDATE 2/21/13 @11:50 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and malicious wounding in the brutal robbery of a Huntington bar last year will spend the next 40-50 in prison before he is eligible for parole.

William Fykes, 43, of Flatwoods, Ky., was back in Cabell County Circuit Court Thursday for his sentencing in the January 1, 2012 robbery at Stonewall club. Fykes was convicted of the crime earlier this month

Judge Paul Ferrell sentenced Fykes to 20 years each on the three robbery convictions, life with mercy on two of the kidnapping convictions and 32 years on the other kidnapping count. That adds up to 92 years, plus the two life with mercy sentences to be served consecutively.

The two malicious wounding counts were reduced to battery and unlawful wounding. The 6 month and the 1-5 year sentences on those counts are to be served concurrently according to court officials.



UPDATE 2/11/13 @ 4 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and malicious wounding in the brutal robbery of a Huntington bar last year was given mercy on his kidnapping conviction Monday afternoon.

Friday night, William Fykes, 43, of Flatwoods, Ky., was convicted on all counts for the robbery at the Stonewall night club on January 1, 2012.

During Monday’s hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court, the same jury that convicted Fykes deliberated for about 30 minutes on whether he should or should not receive mercy on the three kidnapping charges.

The mercy recommendation means Fykes will be eligible for parole.

Fykes is expected to be sentenced later this month.



UPDATE 2/8/13 @ 7:50 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- William Fykes, who faced trial this week in the beating of people at a Huntington bar early last year, was convicted on all counts Friday evening.

Fykes had been charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of malicious wounding and obstruction. As mentioned, he was found guilty on all counts.

Investigators say Fykes went into the Stonewall bar early Jan. 1, 2012, and pistol whipped people who were inside, robbed them, and tied them up with zip ties.

His trial began Monday, and the jury began deliberating about 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Jurors are scheduled to return this Monday for an additional hearing.

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UPDATE 2/8/13 @ 6:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The fate of a man accused of robbing and beating people at a Huntington bar is now in the hands of a jury.

A jury in Cabell County got the case against William Fykes around 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Fykes is charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of malicious wounding and obstruction.

Investigators say Fykes went into the Stonewall bar on Jan. 1, 2012, and pistol whipped people who were inside, robbed them, and tied them up with zip ties.

His trial began Monday.

Victims from the night of the robbery testified for the defense.

Fykes took the stand on his own behalf Friday afternoon. The defense says the robbery was a setup and Fykes was just acting out his part.

The jury is still deliberating at this hour.



UPDATE 2/8/13 @ 1:45
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Both sides have rested in the case of a man accused of holding up a bar and beating and robbing the people inside.

Friday, about 1:45 p.m., the defense wrapped up calling witnesses in the case against William Fykes.

The 42-year-old Flatwoods, Ky., man is charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of malicious wounding and obstruction.

Investigators say Fykes robbed the Stonewall Bar in Huntington in the early morning hours of January 1, 2012.

The trial began Monday.

The prosecution presented several victims in the case as witnesses. They called their final witnesses Friday morning.

Before lunch Friday, the prosecution wrapped up it's case and the defense started.

William Fykes took the stand on his own behalf.

Fykes testified that he thought employees were just playing up their role when they told him there was no money in the bar so he just went along with it instead of leaving.

Closing arguments are expected to start soon.

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UPDATE 2/6/13 @ 8 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The owner of the Stonewall Bar took the stand in Cabell County court Wednesday morning to explain just how scared he was the night he and his colleagues were attacked and robbed inside his nightclub.

The Prosecutor say 42-year-old William Fykes, of Flatwoods, Ky., robbed the bar in the early morning hours of January 1, 2012.

Fykes is charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of malicious wounding and obstruction.

Jurors watched surveillance video that showed a man coming into the club waving a gun around and attacking the men.

Keith Combs explained how they were taken into the office and forced to lay on the ground. He said that Fykes disconnected a DVR player and then used the cords to tie-up the victims. One of the victims was actually forced to tie-up Combs.

Combs said at one point Fykes stomped the head of one of the men. He said when blood started pouring out Fykes made him turn his head so he couldn't see what was happening.

"At some point and I am remembering it to be early on he said he was in it too far and it wouldn't bother him to kill us or shoot us or something to that effect," Combs explained.

Combs said in addition to $20,000 in money taken from the safe and a couple hundred dollars taken from him, he also lost a special $2 bill that his father had given him right before he died. He kept it in one of two wallets that he handed over to Fykes in the attack.

Combs said the entire attack "felt like an eternity."

"He stuck the gun like right here in the side of my eye, and Eric started screaming and crying and begging him not to do anything, and he picked his foot up and just stomped Eric in the head," Combs said. "He stomped Eric's head, and he started snorting, and I've never seen anything like that before."

"He was just telling us he wanted money and was going to kill us, then he put us at some point while we were upstairs he put us on the floor and kind of stacked us up on top if each other and that's when I thought it was over," Combs explained.

The defense spent time on Wednesday pointing out that one of the men in the video, who prosecutors say is a victim, appeared to be ignored by Fykes.

They are trying to prove that all of the men were involved in the robbery plan to get their hands on the cash.

The defense also pointed out that Combs has about $50,000 in tax liens.

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UPDATE 2/5/13 @ 11 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A jury has been selected for the trial of a man accused of the violent robbery of a Huntington nightclub.

Prosecutors in Cabell County say 42-year-old William Fykes, of Flatwoods, Ky., robbed the Stonewall Bar in Huntington in the early morning hours of January 1, 2012.

Huntington Police say Fykes entered the bar and began waving a handgun. Police say he then spent about 45 minutes forcing employees to help search the club for money and the code to the safe, before pistol whipping two employees.

One employee that gone outside to his car returned inside to hear the commotion inside and called police.

That call gave officers time to gather resources and arrest Fykes after he allegedly dropped the handgun and money bag with $21,000 outside the club.

Part of the incident was captured on surveillance cameras in the bar.

Fykes is charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of malicious wounding and obstruction.

The trial is taking place in Cabell County Circuit Court.

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UPDATE 1/11/12 @ 4 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- William Fykes faced a preliminary hearing today on three counts of armed robbery, kidnapping and two counts of malicious wounding.

Huntington Police Detective Rob Stinnett testified that the Stonewall nightclub on 7th Avenue had closed early New Years morning when William Fykes entered with a pistol.

"There's surveillance video with audio that's pretty violent," said Detective Stinnett. "He was basically pistol whipping them. He even tied them up with phone and computer cords."

Fykes allegedly spent 45 minutes forcing employees to help in searching the club for money before getting physically violent with them.

One employee that returned from picking up pizza heard the commotion inside and called police. That gave authorities time to gather resources and arrest William Fykes after he allegedly dropped the handgun and money bag with $21,000 outside the club.

William Fykes' case will be heard at the next Cabell County Grand Jury meeting in February. He's in the Western Regional Jail in lieu of $185,000 bail. A Circuit Court judge sets bond on kidnapping charges.



ORIGINAL STORY 1/1/12
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has been arrested following a violent armed robbery at a bar.

Huntington Police say William Fykes, 42, is charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of malicious wounding and obstruction.

Police say Fykes walked into the Stonewall Bar about 3:30 Sunday morning and robbed three people at gunpoint.

About 25 minutes later, a witness walked into the bar, saw the suspect and walked out to call 911.

Officers arrived shortly after and surrounded the bar fearing a hostage situation.

A SWAT team was notified but before they were called to the scene, Fykes took off.

He was caught after a short foot chase.

Of the three victims, two were taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital with serious facial injuries. They are expected to recover.

The third victim was not hurt.

Police say Fykes is from Flatwoods, Ky, but.has ties to the Detroit area.

The weapon and cash from the robbery have been recovered.

Fykes is now in jail awaiting arraignment.

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