UC basketball player arrested in connection with downtown robberies
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Authorities think intoxicated people leaving bars in downtown Charleston are being targeted by violent robbers.
Police arrested one of the suspects late Tuesday night. Terrell Lipkins, 20, of Canton, Ohio was taken into custody, Sgt. Eric Hodges said.
Lipkins, a University of Charleston basketball player, was charged with two counts of first degree robbery and four counts of credit card fraud. He was to be arraigned Tuesday in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
Andrew Rude, 58, and Patrick Morrison, 35, both of Charleston, were walking in the 600 block of Virginia Street East about 2:40 a.m. Sunday when they were attacked by three men, Hodges said.
One was a white male who had been walking in front of Rude and Morrison along Virginia Street East, and the other two were black males behind them, Detective James Noland said.
Rude and Morrison told detectives the suspects did not show any weapons when they assaulted and robbed them.
Rude suffered a laceration to his scalp and a fractured wrist, according to the release. Morrison did not sustain any serious injuries. The suspects took cash and credit/debit cards from the two.
Detectives reviewed surveillance video from nearby businesses and found footage of two of the suspects entering a downtown bar. One was wearing a yellow striped shirt while the other wore a light red or pink button-down, short-sleeved shirt over a white long-sleeved shirt. The man in the light red, or pink, shirt was identified as Lipkins.
Lipkins was seen at the 7-Eleven on MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City using a victim's credit card within an hour of the attack, Noland said.
There have been two similar incidents in the last two weeks. Investigators have not ruled out that the robberies may be connected, Noland said.
John Dolin, 37, of Peytona was found beaten and robbed early Friday in an alley behind 200 Capitol St. Dolin suffered head trauma in the attack but was conscious Monday. Detectives were planning to speak to him as soon as he felt up to it.
Another similar incident occurred last weekend on Virginia Street near the Summers Street intersection. Two men assaulted another man about 2:30 a.m. last Sunday, Noland said.
Noland said it appears the attackers in these incidents are targeting intoxicated individuals leaving the bars.
Detectives still are looking for the other two suspects.
Anyone with information can contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-4850.