A resident of the Stollings area of Logan County was arrested recently in connection to an armed robbery that occurred June 21, 2015 at the 7/11 gas station in Stollings.
Trooper T.J. Hannon and Trooper First Class C.S. Maynard, of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) report they responded to call for an armed robbery from a clerk at 7/11. On July 23, 2015, Maynard was reportedly able to record a statement from a witness who alleged they overheard two men bragging about smoking the last pack of cigarettes obtained from the June 21, 2015 robbery of the 7/11.
By the evening of July 23, 2015, Hannon was reportedly able to make contact with Joshua Parsons, 22, of Stollings, at the Southwestern Regional Jail in Holden. Parsons was reportedly being held on an unrelated charge.
After reading Parsons his Miranda Rights, Hannon was able to record a statement from Parsons during which he allegedly confessed to his involvement in the robbery.
Parsons reportedly entered the store holding a handgun while coconspirators emptied the shelves and cash register and drove a getaway vehicle. Parsons allegedly disposed of the gun, clothing and gloves he used during the robbery at a local graveyard, according to police.
The clothing and gloves where later discovered at the graveyard, police added.
Based on the investigation conducted by Hannon and other member of the WVSP, a warrant for Parsons’ arrest was issued in Logan County Magistrate Court Sept. 1, 2015.
On Sept. 25 Parsons was arrested and and is charged with a felony count of armed robbery.
If Parsons is found guilty, he could be forced to spend up to 10 years in state correctional facility.
Bond was set at $50,000 and, on Oct. 5, Parsons was able to post bond pending trial.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]