Fayette man arrested after man robbed, beaten
JODIE, W.Va. -- A Fayette County man was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree robbery after he allegedly assaulted a man who he thought was a "snitch."
Police say a man was struck in the head multiple times with a handgun, threatened with death, robbed and held at gunpoint for several hours when he arrived at James Matthew Moore's residence to buy prescription pills.
Moore, 53, of Jodie, thought the man was an informant for police, according to a news release from Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler.
In 2009, Moore was convicted of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony, the release states.
Deputies turned the investigation over to the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force and Moore was arrested. He was being held Monday in the Southern Regional Jail on $5,000 bail.
"The victim in this alleged incident was not entirely innocent," Kessler said in the release. "He admitted that he went to the suspect's residence to obtain drugs and was assaulted and robbed because the suspect believed him to be a 'snitch.' When you engage in the business of buying or selling drugs you are literally taking your life into your hands."