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Teen startled Brinks driver, police say

Chris Dorst
Charleston police stand outside a Brinks armored truck on Summers Street. A man allegedly tried to rob the truck with a pistol on Thursday morning.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston teen thought he was going to gain insight into a potential career when he approached an armored truck and tried to talk to the driver Thursday. Instead, he wound up in police custody, accused of attempted armed robbery.

Charleston Police Sgt. Bobby Eggleton said there was "more than just a misunderstanding" that led to a Brinks armed truck driver calling police about an armed robbery near the BB&T Bank on Summers Street at about 9 a.m.

The driver told police that a man with a gun came up to the truck, tried to rob him and then the man walked away.

Police located Kieon Sharp, 18, who fit the description the driver gave police near the Clay Center shortly after the alleged robbery attempt and took him in for questioning. A police dog was used to look for a gun, but no weapon was found.

Eggleton said after questioning Sharp, it was determined that he just wanted to ask the driver a question about his line of work -- not rob him. Sharp applied for a job at Brinks on Wednesday, Eggleton said.

"He banged on the window and that scared the driver," Eggleton said. "You don't approach those guys very often. They are on high alert because they carry a large amount of cash."

Eggleton said Sharp was cooperative with their investigation and had job applications, including one to Brinks, in his pockets at the time of his arrest.

He was in police custody for several hours Thursday before being released.

Eggleton said police offered Sharp an application to work for the city's street department.

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163. Staff writer Rusty Marks contributed to this report.


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