Police ID robbery suspect

PARKERSBURG – City police on Wednesday identified Jonathon Rager as the man they suspect of robbing two video lottery parlors this week while claiming he had a gun.

A warrant was issued by Wood County Magistrate Court Wednesday for Rager, 38, of 3109 Broad St., Apartment B, Parkersburg, on one count of second-degree robbery.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said that although the warrant only relates to Monday’s theft of money from River City Perk at 1622 Seventh St., Rager is a suspect in a similar theft from the City Perk at 3509 Emerson Ave. on Tuesday.

An arrest had not been made as of 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, an official said.

In both incidents, the suspect presented a clerk with a note demanding money and saying he had a gun.

Martin said a weapon was never actually seen in either incident. When asked if Rager should be considered armed and dangerous, the chief said, “We’ll err on the side of caution and just assume that this is a desperate individual. … Those kind of folks you don’t know what they’re going to do.”

Rager is also wanted by the West Virginia Division of Corrections for violating parole following his release from prison on a 2008 second-degree robbery charge, Martin said.

The man has also been convicted of armed robbery in 1995 and a variety of misdemeanors, including driving under the influence and petit larceny, all in Wood County, the chief said.

Anyone who knows Rager’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective R.L. Koher or any member of the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8444. Anonymous tips can be left online at www.parkersburgpolice.com

The department has received useful information on Rager’s location through the website, Martin said.

“We’re just a couple steps behind him at this point,” he said.