West Virginia State Police filed two criminal complaints in the Magistrate Court of Logan County after responding to Janet’s Restaurant on Sunday, December 22, 2013, in reference to a robbery that had occurred. Criminal complaints are public information and are not an indication of guilt. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty.
The victim told Trooper S.A. Belt, of the Logan Detachment of the WVSP the accused, Michael Ray Hughes, 31, of Mount Gay, produced a BB gun in the presence of an employee at the restaurant and demanded money. Hughes allegedly ripped the employee’s apron from her. The apron contained approximately $200.
Hughes then fled the scene in a Chevy Cavalier being driven by Roy A. Belcher, 49, of Whitman. A traffic stop on the vehicle was conducted just a short distance from the restaurant. Mr. Hughes was arrested for armed robbery and Mr. Belcher was arrested for being an accessory after the fact.
Hughes was arraigned by Logan County Magistrate Dwight Williamson and his bond was set at $50,000. If Hughes is found guilty or pleads guilty to the charge of armed robbery, the possible penalty may be not less than ten years in prison.
Belcher was also arraigned by Magistrate Williamson and was released under a $3,500 bond agreement.