UPDATE: Juvenile arrested in connection with 2016 Huntington robbery

UPDATE 5/16/17 @ 1 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police say an arrest has been made in a robbery that led to the death of teenager.

A 17-year-old juvenile was arrested Tuesday in the 1700 block of 9th Avenue. He has been charged with robbery.

He was wanted in connection with a robbery in December 2016 that ended with 18-year-old Steven Washington dead.

Kori Barnes was arrested in connection with the robbery eight days after it happened December 20 in the 1300 block of 4 1/2 alley in Huntington.

Barnes was charged with robbery, burglary and brandishing.

Police had been looking for the juvenile since the robbery.



UPDATE 12/28/16 @ 11:05 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police say a suspect in a robbery that resulted in the death of a teenager has been arrested.

Kori Barnes, 18, of Huntington was arrested Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio at a relative's home.

He has been charged with robbery, burglary and brandishing.

Columbus Police say Barnes attempted to run when officers approached him, but he was apprehended and placed in the Franklin County Jail awaiting an extradition hearing.

The robbery on December 20 resulted in the death of 18-year-old Steven Washington of Huntington.

Barnes, Washington and a 17-year-old juvenile broke into an apartment in the 1300 block of 4 1/2 in Huntington.

Police say during the robbery, Barnes pistol-whipped Michael Shell, 18, of Huntington.

Police say while at the front door of the apartment, another 17-year-old was able to disarm Barnes and stabbed him, along with Washington.

Washington's body was then found by police later that evening.

According to police, a 17-year-old juvenile who is charged with robbery in connection with the same incident remains at large.

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UPDATE 12/21/16 @ 3:25 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More details have been released in a deadly stabbing that claimed the life of a Huntington teenager.

The body of Steven Washington, 18, of Huntington was found Tuesday evening in the 1300 block of 4 1/2 alley in Huntington. It happened after an attempted robbery at a nearby apartment.

"I didn't think it was real," said Kayli Dawson, a friend and former classmate of Washington. "I thought that it was a rumor, that something must have been wrong in the story. This couldn't have been happening to a kid so young that is just so bright."

Dawson and several of Washington's friends tell WSAZ the teenager was goofy, outgoing and funny.

"He was just so nice to everybody and he didn't deserve what happened," said Dawson. "Whoever did this, they deserve whatever's coming to them."

During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli said the multiple juveniles and young adults involved are no strangers to law enforcement.

"Every one of these individuals is familiar to us," Ciccarelli said. "They're 17 and 18 years old. They've had histories with police departments in the past."

He went on to say, "We've dealt with every one of these people as juveniles and as young adults, and they have a history of involvement in criminal activity. And so, no it doesn't surprise me at all. It's sad, but it doesn't surprise me."

Police say Kori Barnes, 18, of Huntington, showed up at a local hospital with a minor stab wound. They say Barnes falsely told officers he had been stabbed while walking in the alley near the apartment.

The 17-year-old who confronted the alleged robbers and disarmed Barnes was "wielding a knife" according to Ciccarelli.

Barnes has been charged with robbery, burglary and brandishing, Ciccarelli says.

Meanwhile, a juvenile petition for robbery has been issued for the 17-year old.

"There's another individual who was in the apartment who did the stabbing fending off these three attackers."

It is still uncertain whether or not the third alleged robber was stabbed.

"One thing is to deal with these juveniles in a harsh manner," Ciccarelli said. "They need to be sentenced to incarceration, quite frankly. I think, sadly, we've lost a generation. In my opinion, a large number of these individuals are nonredeemable and just simply need to be locked up for the safety of the community."

There were at least six people inside the apartment when Barnes, Washington and the juvenile showed up, but Ciccarelli says they believe there were numerous others there prior to that. The six are all either juveniles or young adults.

"When victims of violent crime run away and don't talk to the police, then that's pretty much a clue as to what's taken place there," Ciccarelli said. "We've got these young people that are wielding guns and robbing drug dealers and this is the result."

More charges are possible, police say.

According to one of Washington's friends, there will be a candle light vigil for the teenager Wednesday night at 8 p.m. in the 4 1/2 alley.

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ORIGINAL STORY 12/21/16 @ 11:51 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teenager is dead after a stabbing during an attempted robbery at an apartment Tuesday night.

Police say the body of Steven Washington, 18, of Huntington was found Tuesday evening in the 1300 block of 4 1/2 half alley in Huntington.

Huntington Police say they got a call about a stabbing in the 1300 block of 4 1/2 alley about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say initial reports indicated three victims had been spotted running away from a nearby residence. When officers arrived on scene they were unable to find any victims.

Officers also searched an empty apartment in the 1300 block of 4 1/2 alley and were unable to find any victims or evidence a stabbing had happened there.

Meanwhile, police say Kori Barnes, 18, of Huntington, showed up at a local hospital with a minor stab wound. They say Barnes falsely told officers he had been stabbed while walking in the alley near the apartment.

When officers returned to the 1300 block of 4 1/2 alley, they found Steven Washington's body between houses near the original location.

HPD says the apartment that had been searched by officers earlier in the evening was the site of frequent drug parties.

Police say through the investigation they were able to determine Barnes, who was armed with a handgun, Washington and a 17-year-old juvenile broke into the apartment to commit a robbery.

During the attempt, Barnes pistol-whipped Michael Shell, 18, of Huntington.

Police say while at the front door of the apartment, another 17-year-old was able to disarm Barnes and stabbed him, along with Washington,

The three robbers then ran from the apartment.

Police say everyone in the apartment then ran from the scene and also got rid of evidence that was later recovered.

Investigators say they have been in discussion with the Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office regarding the filing of charges in connection with the incident.

Police say warrants are expected to issued later today.

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