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.