Last updated: July 17. 2014 6:41PM - 12146 Views
Beth Sergent bsergent@civitasmedia.com

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POINT PLEASANT — A few hours after the Point Pleasant Food Mart was robbed Thursday morning, a suspect was in custody and charged with the crime.

Nathan A. DeWitt, 23, of Point Pleasant, was arrested and charged with first-degree armed robbery by officers with the Point Pleasant Police Department. DeWitt appeared before Magistrate Cheryl Miller Ross on Thursday afternoon, with Ross setting his bond at $100,000 with the condition of home confinement. DeWitt remained housed in the Western Regional Jail as of Thursday evening.

According to the official criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, DeWitt allegedly entered Point Pleasant Food Mart at 2200 Jackson Ave. at around 5:45 a.m. Thursday. Upon entering the store, DeWitt pointed a handgun at the employee and a customer, and demanded cash from the register, according to the complaint. The employee complied, handed over approximately $211 and DeWitt then allegedly fled on foot.

Security video, as well as interviewing witnesses, played a part in the investigation. Officers located DeWitt a few hours later at a residence on Mt. Vernon Avenue. Patrolmen T.A. Deweese and M. McCormick were initially dispatched from the PPPD and made the arrest, with Chief Joe Veith taking DeWitt to magistrate court for arraignment. The PPPD received assistance from deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.

The PPPD continues to investigate this crime and asks anyone who has information concerning this case to call the department at 304-675-1104.

At around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, the Subway restaurant on Jackson Avenue was also robbed by a male brandishing a knife, according to the PPPD. That suspect got away with around $300. At this point there is no official connection between the Subway robbery on Tuesday night and the robbery Thursday morning at Food Mart, according to the PPPD. There has been no arrest in the Subway robbery.

According to records in Mason County Circuit Court, in an unrelated case, DeWitt was indicted by a grand jury in 2010 for burglary, petit larceny and conspiracy. Records show he later entered a plea of guilty to petit larceny, a misdemeanor offense of which he was convicted of in February 2011. He was then sentenced to a one-year period of probation in March 2011.

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