WILKINSON, W.Va — A Mount Gay man was recently arrested following the robbery of the Speedway gas station and forceful theft of a vehicle.
Jamie Workman, 25, of Mount Gay, reportedly entered the gas station and brandished a knife while committing the robbery.
Once he left the store, Workman allegedly carjacked a tan 2010 Kia Forte.
The car’s driver reportedly attempted to stop Workman from taking the vehicle; however, Workman allegedly used the knife to cut the driver’s midsection.
Trooper T.J. Hannon and Senior Trooper M.A. Broadwater, with the West Virginia State Police, responded to the incident.
The criminal complaint filled by Hannon notes, “[The victim] was then drug by the vehicle and received minor injuries.”
Workman reportedly fled the Speedway and traveled north on State rt. 44.
Hannon and Broadwater report they were able to find the vehicle disabled and abandoned in the Cherry Tree area.
Troopers were able to locate Workman nearby walking the train tracks toward Logan.
After announcing themselves to Workman, Hannon and Broadwater report he began running away, and, following a brief search, Workman was located hiding on a nearby creek bank.
Hannon and Broadwater report Workman remained uncooperative and a state police K9 officer was eventually employed in his apprehension.
Workman is charged with felony counts of armed robbery, malicious wounding, grand larceny of an automobile and obstruction and a misdemeanor count of fleeing on foot.
If he is found guilty on all charges, Workman could be forced to spend up to 31 years in a state correctional facility and be forced to pay up to $3,500 in fines.
Bail was set to $30,000 in Logan County Magistrate Court.
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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]