DANVILLE — A Logan County man has been arrested in connection with a very violent and disturbing armed robbery of a Danville convenience store in Boone County early Monday morning.
Robert Scott Clark, II, 23, of Omar has been charged with armed robbery, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
Clark entered the Hatfield McCoy Mart Exxon wearing a black hooded jacket and sunglasses at 4:50 a.m., Sunday morning, Oct. 19, 2015, and assaulted the store’s clerk and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
The store is located two miles south of Danville on Corridor G.
The store’s surveillance camera’s showed the man enter the store and go to the restroom, then come out and go behind the counter. The suspect and the clerk then got into a violent struggle before the suspect was able to get the clerk up on her feet and force her to remove money from the register and put the cash into his right front pocket. The clerk received a cut over her eye, said said Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker.
“She was a little beaten up and had a cut, but none of her injuries were life-threatening,” Barker said. “She was emotionally shaken up and was taken to the hospital.”
No other details were available about her condition.
After getting the cash, the suspect then led the clerk by knife point to the store’s telephone and ripped the cord out of the wall. He then forced the female clerk to the back of the store, where he choked her and then attempted to remove her pants. He fled when a customer entered the store.
During the robbery and attack, the clerk was able to push the emergency alarm button and police were on the scene within minutes, Barker said.
Clark was captured after his truck was spotted by Sgt. Sutphin with the Madison detachment of the West Virginia State Police near six mile road on U.S. 119 (Corridor G) in Boone County.
“Due to the road work and traffic congestion, he wasn’t able to get him stopped until he was near Garrett Fork, just inside Logan County,” Barker said.
“The violence used in this robbery was very concerning,” said Boone County Sheriff Randall White. “I think we were all in shock of how the clerk was treated during the incident and our prayers go out to her and we wish her a speedy recovery both physically and mentally. We are excited to be able to put this man behind bars where he belongs.”
The arrest of Clark would not have been possible without the assistance of the West Virginia State Police in Logan and Boone counties.
“It is great to have such a working relationship with other agencies allowing us to accomplish a common goal,” said White.
Clark is currently being arraigned in Logan County Magistrate Court and no details of the arraignment have been released.
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