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Fourth suspect charged in Charleston beating/robbery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A fourth suspect in a downtown Charleston robbery that allegedly involved three University of Charleston basketball players has turned himself in to police.

Timothy Schmachtenberger, 22, of Canton, Ohio, turned himself in on Thursday, said Sgt. Eric Hodges of the Charleston Police Department.

Schmachtenberger was charged with a single count of first-degree robbery for his alleged role in an April 21 attack on Andrew Rude and Patrick Morrison. Three UC basketball players -- Terrell Lipkins, 20, Robbie Dreher, 22, and Quincy Washington, 22 -- were also charged with the beatings and robbery of Rude and Morrison. The three were kicked off the UC team shortly after being arrested.

Police have also gathered information to allow an additional charge of malicious wounding to be filed against Washington, according to Charleston Police Detective Jamey Noland.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call the Charleston Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480. Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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