PARKERSBURG - One person is in custody on a felony charge of robbery in the first degree after a Mineral Wells man was forced out of a car at gunpoint, officials said.
Richard Patrick Miller II, 18, of 4803 First Ave., Parkersburg, was arrested Friday on one charge of robbery in the first degree, said Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin.
Miller was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court on Friday, and his case was bound over to Circuit Court due to its felony nature, magistrate records said.
First-degree robbery involves committing violence to a person by using the threat of deadly force through a weapon, Martin said.
The incident was reported to the 911 Center at 7:18 a.m. Friday.
The victim, James Little, was sitting in a black Chevrolet Impala in the Erickson All-Sports parking lot with a female known to him, Martin said. The female's name is being withheld at this time, Martin said.
Miller allegedly approached the passenger's side of the vehicle and ordered Little out of the car, Martin said. Miller allegedly had his face covered during the incident, Martin said.
Miller allegedly used an aerosol pistol, which Little believed to be a real gun, to commit the robbery, Martin said.
Miller allegedly took Little's money and cell phone, then got into the car with the female, and she drove the vehicle away, Martin said.
Little reported the robbery from a nearby gas station, Martin said.
Approximately 30 minutes later, deputies with the Wood County Sheriff's Office located the Impala near the intersection of Gihon Road and David Lee Drive, Martin said.
Miller and the female were brought into the Parkersburg Police Station for questioning, which led to the Parkersburg Police obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, Martin said. The police found evidence inside the vehicle related to the crime, Martin said.
The investigation into this incident continues, and Martin expects future arrests will be made in the case, he said.