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Man severely beat woman in West Side robbery, police say

CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Police said a man severely beat a woman during a robbery inside a West Side real estate agency on Monday.

Jerry Smith, 39, of Charleston, was charged with malicious wounding and robbery, according to a news release issued by Charleston Police Sgt. Tony Hazelett.

At about 1:15 p.m., police were called to Home Pro Realty at 415 Virginia St. W. in regard to an alleged assault.

Elizabeth Whiteley, the agency's owner, told police that Smith had been loitering around her business for the past couple of days and she felt sorry for him, according to the release. Smith asked Whiteley for money on several occasions and said he was unemployed. He also said he was dealing with the recent death of his mother.

On Monday, Smith went inside the real estate agency and asked Whiteley for money again. Whiteley said she didn't have any money and offered him a cup of coffee, police said.

Smith then became angry and, according to the release, struck Whiteley in the face several times. Smith tried to pry Whiteley's rings from her hands and attempted to rip off a necklace she was wearing, according to the release.

Whiteley fought back and Smith allegedly chocked her with the necklace. Smith grabbed a screwdriver and stabbed Whiteley several times under her chin, according to the release. Smith rummaged through Whiteley's purse and wallet before fleeing. Whiteley was taken to CAMC General Hospital in serious condition.

Police arrested Smith without incident Monday night. He was awaiting arraignment in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.


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