Man robbed at knifepoint at 3 a.m. in town
A 19-year-old Morgan County man was reportedly jumped by two men, held at knife point, beaten and robbed of his cash and cell phone in the parking lot between the Country Inn and Berkeley Springs State Park at about 3 a.m. on Sunday, October 30.
Ridge R. Gordon filed a complaint with the Morgan County Sheriffs’ Office shortly after the incident. Gordon was not seriously injured but did have blood and swelling to his face.
Gordon told investigating officer Sgt. Seth Place that $22 in cash and a cell phone valued at $200 were taken by the two men, one of whom held a knife at his throat.
Gordon also said he was punched in the face and head.
He told police that he knew one of the males to be Joshua A. Schrider, 20, of Berkeley Springs and that Schrider had not concealed his identity.
Gordon did not recognize the other man, whose face was covered with a hood and bandana. He said Schrider called the man “Joey.”
Place later learned that Schrider had been charged with battery in June 2010 and at that time his accomplice was named Joseph J. Jackson.
By canvassing friends and acquaintances of Jackson and using the social network Facebook, Place was able to tie Jackson in as the second suspect.
Place arrested Joshua Schrider on November 4 on a charge of first degree armed robbery. He reported that two pocket knives were in Schrider’s possession at the time of his arrest.
Joseph J. Jackson, 19, of Warfordsburg, Pa. was also arrested for armed robbery on November 4.
Both Schrider and Jackson are currently in the Eastern Regional Jail, Martinsburg, with their bonds set at $150,000.