Buckhannon man charged with felony robbery

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man is being held on a $150,000 bond after allegedly struggling with his long-time girlfriend over an antique coin collection she had in her possession and cutting her hand in the process.

Clarence B. Collins Jr., 51, of Buckhannon, was arrested for first-degree robbery, a felony, and domestic battery second offense, a misdemeanor, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office.

Deputy Tyler Gordon responded to a 911 call of an active domestic altercation in the roadway of Morgan Addition but Collins left the scene in a vehicle. After Gordon initiated a traffic stop, he recovered a knife and some items taken from the victim during the struggle inside the vehicle. Collins and the victim had became involved in a property dispute over some antique coins apparently taken from a garage in which the couple were living in, Gordon wrote in the criminal complaint.

Collins attempted to cut the victim’s purse away from her with a knife, believing that his coins were inside, and causing a laceration to the victim’s hand in the process.

In the struggle, the victim was taken to the ground by Collins who then removed the antique coin collection valued at $9,000.

Collins has one prior conviction for domestic battery in Upshur County from May 28, 2010.

Magistrate Mike Coffman arraigned Collins. If convicted, Collins faces imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not less than 10 years for first-degree robbery and confinement in jail for not more than one year and/or fined not more than $500 for domestic battery second offense.


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