Charges dismissed in robbery case

Charges against a 21-year-old Elkins man accused of beating up another man and stealing his wallet were dismissed in Randolph County Magistrate Court Thursday.

Robert W. Maxwell was arrested for one felony count of aggravated robbery, also known as first-degree robbery, after police said he and two other men allegedly attacked David Leary on Second Street April 18. Leary reportedly had $216 in his wallet at the time it was allegedly stolen.

The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning the matter can be brought back up in court.

Maxwell’s attorney, William T. Nestor, said he was pleased with the outcome.

“I’m happy about the dismissal of charges against my client today,” Nestor said.

Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker was unable to immediately provide additional details in the case Thursday because of his service as a special prosecutor for proceedings in Marion County. Parker indicated further details about the Maxwell case will be forthcoming from his office as soon as possible.

Prior to Thursday’s proceedings in magistrate court, Maxwell was being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

Contact Katie Kuba by email at kkuba@theintermountain.com.