Prison escapee indicted on robbery charges

November 30, 2018

HUNTINGTON - A man who escaped from a Southern West Virginia prison is among those indicted on robbery charges in Cabell County this month.

Charles Michael Wentz, 39, was indicted on two counts of first-degree robbery. According to the indictment, Wentz used the threat of deadly force by presenting a firearm and robbed a restaurant in the 1400 block of 4th Avenue in Huntington on Aug. 7, obtaining $200, and a delivery man for a store in the 1400 block of 4th Avenue on Aug. 9, obtaining two cases of beer.

Wentz had escaped from the Stevens Correctional Center Welch Holding Facility near Welch, West Virginia, a day before the first robbery, according to a media report in Parkersburg. He was captured in Burlington, Ohio, on Aug. 10 after a South Point shoplifting complaint. A Fairmont, West Virginia, woman was arrested on charges of aiding him, the report said.

In a separate indictment, Charles Wayne Cooley and Dana Paul Bailey were indicted on charges of first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery relating to the Sept. 17 robbery of a bar in the 200 block of 4th Avenue in Huntington.

According to police reports, Cooley allegedly presented what appeared to be a handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of money. Patrons were in the establishment at the time. Police also said at the time others with Cooley were questioned and more charges were possible.

Cooley is also indicted on two counts of transporting a controlled substance into a jail or correctional facility - both heroin and methamphetamine.

Skylar Mitchell Larcart, 20, was indicted on charges of first-degree robbery and wanton endangerment.

According to criminal complaints, Larcart was in a nail salon in the 700 block of 9th Avenue in Huntington on Sept. 24 when a disagreement over a cellphone occurred. He left the business and returned less than an hour later, immediately demanding money from the store’s employees for the phone.

When the employees denied the request, Larcart allegedly pulled a pistol from his pants pocket and threatened the employees and customers by allegedly stating he was going to hunt them down and call a “sicario,” a hitman or hired killer, to have them wiped out.

Victims told police they were fearful for their safety because of the incident.

Larcart is housed at Western Regional Jail on a $200,000 cash-only bond.

In another case, Timothy Patrick Mulvaney was indicted on a second-degree robbery charge. He is accused of robbing an employee of the Dollar General in the 700 block of Central Avenue in Barboursville.

According to the police report, Mulvaney allegedly entered the store minutes before it closed and appeared at first to be shopping. Once in one of the aisles, he grabbed a bottle of laundry detergent and put on a pair of gloves. He approached the front counter with his hand in his pocket, holding what the employee believed was a firearm, and demanded the register be opened.

The employee complied, and Mulvaney took $412.31 from the register before leaving the store.

Robert Salvadore Webb was also indicted by a grand jury in November on a charge of second-degree robbery relating to a Sept. 19 robbery of a private citizen.

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