Teenage Runaway from St. Albans

St. Albans Police Department has taken a report on a runaway juvenile female named Tayla Elizabeth Estep.  She is 16 years old and is about 5-10 and 200 lbs.  She has shoulder length, sandy blonde hair.  She was last seen leaving home the morning of Friday, December 5 at about 7am wearing a Washington Redskins jacket and blue & rainbow colored leggings.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Tayla, please contact the St. Albans Police Department at the following ways:

Monday-Friday during business hours:  304-727-2251

After hours, weekends, & holidays:  304-348-8111 (24 hour non-emergency number for METRO 911)

Email:  crimetips@saintalbanspolice.com

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Gambling Parlor Robbery; 3 suspects charged with Robbery & Kidnapping

Robert H. "Skip" Hebert

Robert H. “Skip” Hebert

Toni R. Pantoja

Toni R. Pantoja

Cole D. Cooper

Cole D. Cooper

On December 5, 2014 at about 2:18am, SAPD officers were dispatched for an armed robbery at The Hot Spot,  a gambling parlor located at 60 MacCorkle Avenue.  Witnesses located said the offender left the area in a silver Chevrolet Suburban headed across the Nitro/St. Albans bridge.  There were two males and female said to be in the vehicle.

According to the employee working, a black male came up to her near closing time and produced a revolver and covered his face and demanded money.  After she gathered money, he along with another female, told the employee to sit in a chair and taped her to it using duct tape then rolled her in the chair to a back room leaving her there.  She later told officers she feared the offenders would return and kill her.

A Nitro PD officer advised SAPD officers the black male could be Robert Hebert as he had recently seen him driving a silver Suburban.  When surveillance video was able to be viewed, NPD Lt. Garbin recognized the female assisting the offender in the robbery as Toni Pantoja saying she is Hebert’s girlfriend.  About two hours later, this vehicle was located in Nitro.  Officers from NPD and SAPD stopped it on Main Avenue and detained Hebert, Pantoja, and Cole Cooper.

Hebert and Pantoja refused to give statements, but Cooper did confessing to his part as a look-out in the robbery and to Hebert’s and Pantoja’s involvement.  He also showed officers where Hebert disposed of the revolver which was able to be recovered.  He said when they left The Hot Spot, they went  to gamble at the Mardi Gras Casino.

Arrested and charged with 1st Degree Robbery, Kidnapping, and Conspiracy are:

Robert Henry “Skip” Hebert (36 yoa from St. Albans area…last name pronounced “AY-bare”)

Toni R. Pantoja (31 yoa from Nitro)

Cole D. Cooper (26 yoa from Nitro)

Kidnapping is a capital crime and only a Circuit Judge can set a bond.  Consequently, all three are being held without bond until they can appear in front of a Judge.

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Armed Robbery at local bar

Earlier today at about 3:05pm, the El Dorado club was robbed.  A man entered the bar located in the 2400 block of Grant Avenue, brandished a handgun, and demanded money.  He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and used his arm  to help cover his face.

As he was leaving, he fired a shot in to the ceiling.  He left on foot.  A small red car may be involved as one was seen by a witness leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

An as yet undetermined amount of money was stolen.

If anyone has any information on this robbery, please contact the St. Albans Police Department through METRO Dispatch by calling 304-348-8111 or via email at crimetips@saintalbanspolice.com



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Aggravated DUI & Leaving The Scene of an Accident in two locations

Wyatt A. Bennett

Wyatt A. Bennett

On Tuesday, November 25 at about 10:30pm, SAPD received a call regarding a White Jeep Cherokee having struck several cars in the 600 block of Washington Street in St. Albans, then drove away.  Officers received a possible license plate from the caller and a direction of travel which was east on Kanawha Terrace.

A call for a leaving the scene from a second crash in the intersection of Walnut Street and Kanawha Terrace was received moments later.  That report indicated also a white Jeep Cherokee left the scene of that crash also and continued east on Kanawha Terrace.  In checking the area, a fluid trail was discovered and followed on to Green Valley Drive to Whispering Oaks trailer park.  While there, Sergeant P. A. Bass located a light silver Jeep Cherokee with consistent damage from a crash and a license plate one digit off what was given by the first call.  The same color paint from the vehicles struck appeared to have been transferred to this Jeep.

In the Jeep, a male was in the driver’s seat apparently passed out.  He was awakened and when asked to step from the car, he was unsteady while standing and walking.  His speech was also slurred.  When asked if he’d been drinking, he responded, “I’m drunk.”  He failed three field sobriety tests and was arrested.  While at SAPD, he consented to an Intoximeter test where the result was .204%

The driver was Wyatt A. Bennett (20 yoa from St. Albans).  He was charged through St. Albans Municipal Court with Aggravated DUI, 3 counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and No Proof on Insurance.  He was taken to the South Central Regional Jail pending bond.

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More Pictures of Robbery Suspect from Monday night

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Above are more screen grabs from surveillance video of the suspect in the armed robbery of Mimi’s gambling parlor late Monday night.  If anyone has any information as to the man’s identity and location please contact St. Albans PD at 304-727-2251 or via METRO Communications after hours.  That number is 304-348-8111.  Tips can also be emailed to crimetips@saintalbanspolice.com


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Picture of Robbery Suspect


IMG_0266Above are two screen grabs of the suspect in the armed robbery at Mimi’s last night.  The robbery occurred at about 11:15 pm on Monday, November 17.  He is about 6 foot tall with a skinny build.

Anyone with any information as to his identity, please call St. Albans PD at 304-727-2251 or email crimetips@saintalbanspolice.com



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Robbery at MiMi’s

At Monday November 17 at about 11:15pm, MiMi’s Cafe gambling parlor was robbed.  This location is in the St. Albans Mall Shopping Center in the 1400 block of MacCorkle Avenue.  The offender was believed to be armed with a small handgun.  He was described as a white male, wearing blue jeans, brown coat with a blue hoodie sweatshirt on under the coat.  The hood was up over his head.

Sgt. Kevin Elkins is handling the investigation.

If you have any information, please contact the St. Albans PD at 304-727-2251 or at crimetips@saintalbanspolice.com


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Multiple stolen bicycles recovered


On November 11, 2014 at about 2:30, officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of McKinley Avenue for a report of bicycles stolen off a front porch.  A neighbor saw someone steal a bike off a porch and leave in a truck.  Ptl. P. A. Bass located the truck a few minutes later at the intersection of Carson St and Jackson Avenue.  The truck was stopped and the driver was arrested.

The truck had at least 15 bikes in the back that could not be immediately accounted for.  If anyone in the St. Albans area is missing a bicycle, that should contact the St. Albans Police Department.

The driver, Cammy Lynn Johnson (28 years old from the St. Albans area) was charged with Obstructing and Officer, Simple Possession of Prescription Medication, Driving on a Suspended License, and No Proof of Insurance.  More charges relating the theft of the bicycles .

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SAPD Recognizes Our Veterans

St. Albans PD recognizes it’s members who are veterans of our armed forces.  These officers who have served our country, CONTINUE to serve your community.

Lt. Mark Burdette:  US Air Force (deployed overseas in support of Desert Storm)

Detective Kevin Elkins:  US Air Force (deployed overseas to Saudi Arabia)

Detective Todd Lowe:  WV Air National Guard (several deployments to combat zones as air crew)

Detective Brandon Perry:  US Navy (overseas deployment in support of Iraqi Freedom)

Lt. Philip Smith:  US Army and WV Army National Guard (deployed to Iraq during Iraqi Freedom performing hazardous convoy duty)

Ptl. Brandon Tagayun:  US Army and WV Air National Guard

Sgt. Richard Thomas:  US Marine Corps (Participated in combat operations during Desert Storm)

Sgt. Ricky Tincher:  US Air Force, WV Air National Guard, US Naval Reserve  (deployed several times to combat zones as Security Forces and POW Transport)

Ptl. Daniel Wyatt:  US Marine Corps (Participated in combat operations during Iraqi Freedom)

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DUI Check Point on Saturday Evening

The St. Albans Police Department along with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department and the Governor’s Committee for Highway Safety will be conducting a DUI Check Point on Kanawha Terrace and Green Valley Drive.  It will be on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 7pm to 1am.

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