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Charleston man reports carjacking, beating

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man told police that he was carjacked and beaten by two suspects who attempted to rob him at gunpoint at a downtown ATM early Thursday.

Charleston Police Sgt. Eric Hodges said the 65-year-old man said he went to the Chase Bank drive-through at 613 Virginia St. E. around 12:30 a.m.

The man said he got out of his car and walked up to the machine but was unable to withdraw money, Hodges said. The man got back into his car when he reported that two black men, wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and masks, ran up to his car. One suspect brandished a handgun and demanded the man's ATM card and PIN number, Hodges said.

The man said he gave the card and information, but the suspects couldn't get any money. They demanded the man get in his car and drove him to an ATM on Kanawha Boulevard West, Hodges said, where they again couldn't get any money.

"Then they basically took it out on him," Hodges said.

The man told police the suspects hit him with the handgun at least three times to his face and head. The suspects drove a couple of blocks, ordered the man out and took off in his vehicle, Hodges said.

The man walked to a few houses knocking on doors before finding someone to call police. Police picked him up in the 1000 block of Maryland Avenue, Hodges said. The man -- who is not being identified to protect him from potential retaliation, Hodges said -- was taken to Saint Francis Hospital with lacerations to his face and scalp.

Police are looking for the man's vehicle, a silver 2011 Honda Accord with West Virginia license plate number 9UC363.

Detectives were waiting Thursday afternoon for Chase Bank to send surveillance footage from its headquarters in Chicago.

Anyone with information about the suspects or the incident is asked to call Charleston Police's Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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