THACKER – A Thacker man faces felony charges after he attempted to rob the Hatfield and McCoy Liquor Store with a pocket knife.
Anthony Browning, 22 from Thacker, was charged with two felony charges for armed robbery and assault during the commission of a felony on Saturday, July 23. Browning was also charged with the misdemeanor offense of brandishing a dangerous weapon.
According to a criminal complaint, Browning was arrested by Ptlm. L. Ross from the Matewan Police Department and B. Sipple from the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department after receiving a call of an attempted robbery at the Hatfield and McCoy Liquor Store.
The complaint states that Browning entered the store and asked several questions concerning the price of various liquors and beers. After making his selection, Browning brought the items up front to the counter.
After bringing the items up front, Browning allegedly followed the cashier behind the counter and was informed by the victim that he was not allowed behind the counter.
At that time, the complaint states that Browning drew a pocket knife on the cashier and demanded money. In response, the victim grabbed a baseball bat and requested that Browning leave the store. Browning then exited the building.
After Browning left, the victim came back inside and called law enforcement to inform them of the robbery attempt.
Browning was transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail located in Holden, W.Va. and was arraigned on Tuesday, July 16 before Magistrate Jim Harvey.
If convicted of first degree robbery, Browning could be imprisoned in a state correctional facility for up to ten years. If convicted of assault during commission or attempt to commit a felony, Browning could be confined in the penitentiary for two to 10 years and fined up to $1,000.
Information in this article was obtained by use of a criminal complaint which is public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)