by Geoff Fox
A New Creek, W.Va., man is being held in West Virginia on charges resulting from a strong armed robbery that occurred in the early morning hours of June 23 at the Rocky Gap Casino in Flintstone.
According to Maryland State Police, casino employees notified troopers from the Maryland State Police Barrack in Cumberland of the robbery shortly after an injured victim was discovered around 2:30 a.m. in the establishment.
Initial investigations revealed the victim was in a bathroom near the casino’s gaming floor when he was attacked from behind.
After being violently assaulted, the victim has personal belongings and money stolen from his pants’ pockets.
The suspect, who was quickly identified by authorities as Andrew Scott Haggerty, 27, was observed leaving the casino after the assault and prior to police arrival.
The victim was still hospitalized as of Tuesday, June 26, police said, and for privacy reasons police said the victim won’t be identified.
Troopers from the Cumberland Barrack quickly canvassed the area and began searching for Haggerty at several known locations.
Due to the seriousness of the incident, troopers from the State Police Fugitive Apprehension Team were also brought in to look for Haggerty as information was developed that led authorities to believe he had fled the immediate area.
After an exhaustive search, Haggerty was taken into custody in Mineral County, W.Va., on Saturday evening at approximately 7:30 p.m. without further incident.
Agencies from West Virginia, Garrett County, and additional troopers from the Combined Investigations Unit and McHenry Barrack assisted in the apprehension of Haggerty.