Robbery case bound to grand jury

A man accused of robbing the Rite Aid in Parsons at gunpoint waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Tucker County Magistrate Court. The matter has been bound over for consideration by the Grand Jury.

John Joseph Morton Jr., 28, is being held on a $250,000 bond after police arrested him for allegedly robbing a pharmacist for drugs at gunpoint on the July 16.

A press release from the Parsons Police Department said Morton allegedly held a gun in the back of the pharmacist while demanding drugs. Police did not release the pharmacist’s name. The incident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m Tuesday, police said.

The release states the pharmacist was not harmed, and alleges Morton ran out of the store after snatching three bottles of Percocet – approximately 300 pills – from the pharmacy.

Parsons Police Chief Jonathan Jones, along with members of the Tucker County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia State Police and the U.S. Forestry Service, scoured the area for the alleged robber following the incident, police said

According to the release, Morton was discovered walking along Poplar Street in Parsons at about 9 p.m. the night of the robbery, and was immediately taken into custody.

The press release states that Morton gave police a statement admitting to the robbery.