UPDATE: Woman Gets 10 Years for Helping Murderer in Robbery

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UPDATE 10/9/15
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman is going to prison for serving as a lookout and getaway driver as a man wanted for murder tried to rob a gas station.

Tabatha Hazel was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison.

The attempted robbery happened in January at the Little General on Sissonville Drive.

Investigators say Robert Clark killed an elderly couple in Strasburg, Ohio, then headed to West Virginia with Tabatha Hazel and Jeffrey Caley.

The trio is accused of trying to rob a gas station in Jackson County before trying to hold up the Little General BP.

There were a couple of failed attempts at robbing the gas station and they ended up getting away with a customer's wallet.

The group was accused of holding up several more gas stations before being caught.

In August, Hazel pleaded guilty to first degree robbery.

This week, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Clark pleaded guilty in August to charges connected to the double homicide in Ohio. He was sentenced to life in prison.



UPDATE 8/28/15
COSCHOCTON, Ohio (AP) - A man charged with robbing, killing and burning the bodies of an elderly Ohio couple has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and other charges and has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Thirty-year-old Robert Clark's sentencing on Friday in Coshocton County means he won't face the death penalty for killing 88-year-old Doyle Chumney and 79-year-old Lillian Chumney of Strasburg.

Authorities say Clark and 21-year-old Jeffery Stewart broke into the couple's home in January, bound them with duct tape and then drove the couple to a rural road in Coshocton County where Clark shot them.

Stewart told investigators that Lillian Chumney was still alive when the couple's car was torched. Stewart has pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping and other charges.

Clark's attorneys couldn't immediately be reached.



UPDATE 2/6/15 @ 3:15 p.m.
NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (AP) - A county sheriff in Ohio says the subject of a nationwide manhunt has confessed to killing an elderly couple found dead inside their torched car.

Twenty-nine-year-old Robert Clark was arrested Thursday in Arizona after a high-speed chase. He has been charged with murder in the slayings of 88-year-old Doyle Chumney and his 79-year-old wife, Lillian.

Tuscarawas County Sheriff Walt Wilson said Friday at a news conference that Clark has confessed to killing them. Clark remains jailed in Arizona.

Clark and two companions had been sought in a string of robberies last weekend in three states. The companions aren't suspects in the slayings.

Authorities say another man implicated himself and Clark in the killings. Twenty-one-year-old Jeffery Stewart was arrested last month and is being held on a $2 million bond.



UPDATE 2/5/15 @ 1:50 p.m.
KINGMAN, AZ (WSAZ/AP) -- The third suspect has been caught in connection with an armed robbery in Sissonville, West Virginia and other states.

An FBI spokeswoman in Cleveland, Ohio says Jeffrey Caley Jr., 28, was captured Thursday morning.

29-year-old Robert Clark was also arrested Thursday by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office in Kingman, Arizona following a high-speed chase. Arrested with him was Tabatha Hazel, 27, who is a suspect in the armed robberies but not in the killings.

The FBI alerted the Mohave County Sheriff's Office that the three were spotted on Interstate 40 in Arizona.

When deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop, the three took off.

Deputies followed the suspect's vehicle. They then turned onto a dirt road and the vehicle became disabled.

The three then fled on foot but Clark and Hazel were located a short time later in the area.

Caley was located in the same area just hours later.

Clark's arrest is a sigh of relief for law enforcement agencies.

"We've been very concerned," Sheriff Walter Wilson with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office in Ohio says. "I thank God that he's not killed anyone else during his running around the United States avoiding law enforcement."

Clark has been charged with murder in the deaths of 88-year-old Doyle Chumney and his 79-year-old wife, Lillian. Their remains were found inside their torched car on a country road Jan. 22, the day after they were reported missing from their home.



UPDATE 2/5/15 @ 8:45 a.m.
KINGMAN, AZ (WSAZ/AP) -- The manhunt is over for a man wanted in connection with the murder of an elderly couple from Ohio and an armed robbery in Sissonville, West Virginia and other states..

A FBI spokeswoman in Cleveland, Ohio says 29-year-old Robert Clark was arrested Thursday by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office in Kingman, Arizona following a high-speed chase. Arrested with him was Tabatha Hazel, 27, who is a suspect in the armed robberies but not in the killings.

A third companion, Jeffrey Caley, 28, fled and is still being sought by authorities. That search is reported to be underway in the same area where Clark and Hazel were arrested.

Clark has been charged with murder in the deaths of 88-year-old Doyle Chumney and his 79-year-old wife, Lillian. Their remains were found inside their torched car on a country road Jan. 22, the day after they were reported missing from their home.

On Monday the FBI offered a $20,000 reward for his arrest.

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UPDATE 2/3/15 @ 10:30 p.m.
CLEVELAND (AP) - A federal warrant has been issued for a suspect in the abduction and killings of an elderly Ohio couple who is believed to have committed armed robberies in three states over the weekend.

An FBI statement on Tuesday said a $20,000 reward is being offered for information about 29-year-old Robert Clark. It says a warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution has been issued for his arrest.

Agents also are looking for 28-year-old Jeffrey Caley Jr. and 26-year-old Tabatha Hazel, who are suspected of participating in the robberies.

Clark has been charged with one count of murder in last month's slayings of 88-year-old Doyle Chumney and his 79-year-old wife, Lillian, of Strasburg, a village 20 miles south of Canton. A second suspect in the slayings is in custody.



UPDATE 2/3/15 @ 2 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WSAZ) -- A man wanted in several states on several charges, including murder in Ohio and robbery in West Virginia, may be on his way to Florida.

The NBC affiliate in Jacksonville reports investigators say Robert Clark could be heading to Jacksonville, or already hiding out on the west coast.

Clark is wanted in connection with a double murder in northern Ohio for the deaths of Doyle and Lillian Chumney.

They couple was found death inside a burned out vehicle.

Following the murder, investigators say Clark, along with Jeffrey Caley, Jr., and Tabatha Hazel, tried to rob a gas station Jackson County, but failed. They then targeted the Little General BP gas station in Sissonville. Investigators say they were able to get away with a customer's wallet.

They are also accused of robberies in South Carolina and Georgia.

Investigators say Clark should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. They say he may be armed with an AR-15 rifle and a sawed-off shotgun.

A spokeswoman says the FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information about 29-year-old Robert Clark.

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UPDATE 2/3/15 @ 11:50 a.m.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The FBI has joined a manhunt for a suspect in the abduction and killings of an elderly Ohio couple who is also believed to have committed armed robberies in three states over the weekend.

A spokeswoman says the FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information about 29-year-old Robert Clark. They are also looking for his companions: 28-year-old Jeffrey Caley Jr. and 26-year-old Tabatha Hazel.

Clark has been charged with one count of murder in last month's slayings of 88-year-old Doyle Chumney and 79-year-old Lillian Chumney of Strasburg, a village 20 miles south of Canton. Their remains were found inside their torched car the day after they were reported missing.

Clark, Caley and Hazel are suspected of being involved in armed robberies in West Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.

Investigators say in West Virginia, the trio tried to rob a gas station Jackson County, but failed, and then targeted the Little General BP gas station in Sissonville. They were able to get away with a customer's wallet.

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UPDATE 2/2/15 @ 6:20 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- WSAZ is learning more about a crime spree spanning from northeast Ohio all the way to Georgia.

An accused robbery trio made a couple of stops in West Virginia.

For one of the three suspects, it all started Jan. 21 when a couple from Strasburg, Ohio, went missing.

The bodies of Doyle and Lillian Chumney were found the next day in their burned-up car on a back road in Coshocton County, Ohio.

One arrest has been made, but authorities are still looking for Robert Clark, who they now know made his way to West Virginia.

Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say he, along with Tabatha Hazel, 26, and Jeffrey Caley, 28, are accused of trying to rob a gas station in Jackson County, West Virginia, but failing and then targeting the Little General BP gas station in Sissonville, which is in Kanawha County.

After a couple of failed attempts there, they got away with a customer's wallet. Then they headed south.

"We're thankful that nobody was hurt during the robberies in West Virginia, but that doesn't mean there's not a potential for a great deal of violence to occur," Kanawha County Sheriff's Cpl. Brian Humphreys said. "At least one person is accused of a homicide, a double homicide. That indicates that they may be desperate or just violent by nature."

From West Virginia, authorities say the trio headed to Anderson County, South Carolina.

According to an incident report, they got away with about $100 in cash from a 7-Eleven gas station.

After that, their mission continued to Seminole County, Georgia, where they're accused of robbing another gas station.

Finding Clark is top priority since he is a suspect in the double homicide. The other two suspects in the string of robberies aren't believed to be connected to the homicides.

In Kanawha County alone, Caley faces three counts of armed robbery, while Clark and Hazel each face two counts or armed robbery.

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UPDATE 2/2/15 @ 10:06 a.m.
NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a man wanted on a murder charge in the slaying of an elderly couple in northeast Ohio is believed to be involved in armed robberies over the weekend in three states.

Twenty-nine-year-old Robert Clark is suspected of committing two robberies in West Virginia on Saturday, one in South Carolina on Sunday afternoon and one in Georgia on Sunday night.

Tuscarawas County Chief Deputy Orvis Campbell says two Ohio men are with Clark but weren't involved in the slayings of Doyle and Lillian Chumney last month.

The couple's remains were found in a badly burned car on a country road in Coshocton County on Jan. 22.

Twenty-one-year-old Jeffery Stewart was arrested Saturday and is charged with murder. Campbell says Stewart has implicated Clark in the slayings.

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UPDATE 2/1/15 @ 10:12 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department has confirmed to WSAZ they are searching for Robert Clark in connection with the robbery of a Sissonville gas station Saturday night.

Clark is also wanted in connection to a double murder in Ohio.

The Sheriff's Department has issued warrants for Clark, 29, Jeffrey Caley, 28, and Tabatha Hazel, 26, in connection to the robbery. All three suspects are from Canton, Ohio.

All three suspects are considered armed and dangerous.



UPDATE 2/1/15 @ 6:40 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department is investigating whether a suspect involved in a gas station robbery Saturday night is the same suspect that law enforcement officers in Ohio are looking for in connection to a double murder.

The BP gas station in Sissonville was robbed Saturday night around 5:00 p.m. Surveillance video shows two men walking into the store, pulling out guns and taking a wallet from a customer.

Sheriff's deputies are looking into whether one of the robbery suspects is Robert Clark, 29, from Dennison, Ohio.

The Ohio Attorney General's office says Clark and Jeffery Stewart, 21, are responsible for the deaths of Doyle Chumney, 88, and Lillian Chumney, 79, of Strasburg, Ohio.

Doyle and Lillian were reported missing Wednesday, January 21st, and their bodies were discovered in their burned vehicle the next day in Bakersville, Ohio.

Stewart was arrested Saturday, but Clark is still on the run.

According to law enforcement in Ohio, Clark owns a green Dodge minivan. They are searching for that vehicle.

In the robbery Saturday night in Sissonville, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department says the suspects fled in a dark green minivan with an Ohio license plate.

The suspects in the Sissonville robbery also tried hitting an Exxon gas station in Ripley, Ohio, but were interrupted and left the store.

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UPDATE 1/31/15 @ 8:50 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Sheriff's deputies are searching for three men involved in an armed robbery and a couple of attempted robberies in Sissonville.

It happened about 5:00 p.m. Saturday, at the Little General BP store on Sissonville Drive near the Pocatalico exit of I-77.

Deputies say the men first tried to snatch a purse from a woman in the parking lot, but she got away.

The men then entered the store with a sawed-off shot gun and a pistol and demanded money from the clerk. However, the clerk got away and called 911.

The accused robbers then stole a wallet from a customer in the store.

Deputies say they fled in a dark green minivan, believed to be either a Dodge Caravan or Chrysler Town and Country. The van had an Ohio license plate.

The men were later seen at another store in Jackson County, W.Va. Investigators believe they were about to rob it as well, but were interrupted and left the store.

If you have any information on who these men are or where they might be, call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip to www.kanawhasheriff.us.

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/31/15 @ 6:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are trying to track down two suspects after an armed robbery in Sissonville.

According to 911 dispatchers, it happened at about 5:00 p.m. Saturday at the Little General on Sissonville Drive.

Police say after a failed attempt at robbing the convenience store, the suspects pulled out a gun and robbed someone outside of the store.

They did get away with a wallet.

911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com one suspect is said to be wearing a black jacket and glasses.

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