CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Police have arrested two suspects they believe are part of a group of people that has been attacking and robbing people downtown.
"A group of people who are hanging out in the transit mall have taken it upon themselves to start robbing people," said Sgt. Steve Cooper, chief detective for the Charleston Police Department.
But Cooper said the men do not appear to be members of an organized gang. "It is a group of individuals," Cooper said. "We are not saying it's gang-related."
The men have been reported jumping people as they walk downtown, stealing their cell phones or wallets. Police have been examining links among three robberies that have occurred over the past few weeks, Cooper said Thursday.
Todd Woodson, 24, was charged Monday with first-degree robbery in connection with the May 3 attack of Kenneth Napier, 63, of Charleston.
Napier told police he and a female companion encountered three men and a woman near Taylor Books at about 2:35 p.m. on Capitol Street. The two men threw Napier to the ground and proceeded to continually kick him in the stomach before stealing his wallet.
Earlier, police arrested one of the men, George Hatcher, 23, of Frame Street. They are still searching for the woman Napier identified as, "Renee."