WILLIAMSON – Some good solid police work led to a quick arrest of an alleged armed robbery suspect on Tuesday by the Williamson Police Department (WPD).
John Everett Copley, Jr., 30 years old of Delbarton, was arrested by the WPD with assistance from the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) after tips and video surveillance pointed to Copley as the suspect.
Copley apparently entered the 7-11 Marathon on Second Avenue in downtown Williamson around 5:30 a.m. and told a female cashier he had a weapon. The white male suspect was wearing a white hoodie and went behind the counter and then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Patrolman Cameron Daniels quickly arrived on the scene after a 911 call and begun gathering evidence. Sgt. John Hall then came on duty and assisted Daniels with the investigation, according to WPD Chief Barry Blair.
“They ended up getting a lead and also watched the surveillance video,” Blair said from his WPD office. “We came up with a suspect name and then attempted to contact him.” That eventually led to the arrest Tuesday afternoon.
After interrogation, officers say that Copley confessed to the crime.
Copley’s name came up after he allegedly stole some items from another woman and he was also a suspect in shoplifting a carton of cigarettes a couple of months earlier at the same convenience store.
Copley is also a suspect in a recent armed robbery that occurred a few days back at Zip Zone gas station in South Williamson, Ky. That case is under investigation by the Kentucky State Police (KSP). Copley matches the description of the suspect in that case. If anyone has information on that robbery, they are asked to contact the KSP office in Pikeville or the WPD in Williamson.
“We want to thank the community for their tips, without them, this case could have been hard to solve,” said Sgt. Hall. He and Chief Blair said that anyone can remain anonymous if they have information on crimes to report to the police department.
“I want to thank Trooper Contos and the state police for their assistance,” Chief Blair said. “These officers worked all day to solve this case.”
Copley was taken to the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden and is awaiting his arraignment and preliminary trial on the armed robbery charges.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)