KERMIT – The Kermit Dollar General Store was robbed shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and the crime led to an intrastate manhunt for the suspect.
The Williamson detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) said the suspect, Roy Morris, 35, who is listed as a “transient” was eventually arrested in Kentucky, according to Sgt. B.K. Wellman.
Morris allegedly robbed the Dollar Store in East Kermit and fled. He apparently then caught a ride with Terry Michael Jarvis and the two went into Martin County, Ky. and ended up at a residence in Lawrence County, Ky.
Trooper J.D. Matheny, the lead investigator in the robbery, watched surveillance video from the Dollar Store. Witnesses then identified Morris as the culprit. He had entered the business wearing a hood and had his face covered.
The WVSP issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the red pickup truck.
Eventually Morris was picked up by Lawrence County, Ky. late Tuesday night, according to Trooper Matheny.
There will be extradition procedures so that Morris can be brought back to Mingo County to face robbery charges.
Jarvis was also picked up, but not charged in the robbery.
Troopers say that both men have criminal records. Morris did have an outstanding warrant on another charge, which enabled law enforcement in Kentucky to be able to arrest and hold him.
Matheny was assisted by WVSP Troopers T. G. Kania, J.K. Harris and J. J. Dean, according to Sgt. Wellman.
The Mingo County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the search for the suspect.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)