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Police seek witnesses in West Side beating

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston police are looking for witnesses to a beating at a West Side convenience store.

Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives for the Charleston Police Department, said Gregory Moran, 31, of Clendenin, was at the Go Mart convenience store on Bigley Avenue at about 7 p.m. when he was set upon by a group of five people.

Cooper said Moran was beaten and kicked, and was shocked with a handheld electronic stun gun by one of two women involved in the attack.

Cooper said video surveillance footage showed the alleged attackers going into a building at 811 Bigley Avenue. Police got a search warrant and searched the building, where they allegedly found the stun gun and 43 grams of suspected marijuana.

Arrested and charged with first-degree robbery were Stephon Thomas, 22, and Chardene Cope, 21, both of Bigley Avenue; Roland Brungard, 22, and Lauren Watson, 19, of West Washington Street; and Juan Carlos Chapman, 23, of Lewis Street. In addition, Watson was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Cooper said police are looking for witnesses to the beating, which he described as "brutal." "The more witnesses we have, the stronger the case," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Charleston Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.

Cooper said Moran, who has a criminal record, was known to the attackers and was apparently targeted. "This was not a random attack," he said.

All five suspects were in the South Central Regional Jail on Tuesday. Bail for each was set at $10,000.

@tag:Reach Rusty Marks at or 304-348-1215.



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