CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The owners of a West Side sandwich shop raided by police were arrested Wednesday on charges of violating bail after a Kanawha County magistrate granted them 15 days to vacate their business.
Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster said the shop is a front for a "continuing criminal enterprise."
The owners of Miss Sylvia's Sandwich Shop -- Rodney Armstrong, 43, and Emma Laughlin, 36, both of Charleston -- were in magistrate court for an eviction hearing regarding their West Washington Street shop Wednesday.
Property owner Sharon Whiting requested the eviction after police said Armstrong and Laughlin operated an illegal after-hours bar that was the scene of a shooting in July. The shop does not have a liquor license.
On Sunday, a Charleston Police SWAT team raided the shop and allegedly discovered a large amount of liquor, several handguns and scattered amounts of marijuana.
Armstrong and Laughlin were charged with illegally selling alcohol, a misdemeanor, and released on a $7,500 bail.
After Wednesday's eviction hearing, police arrested the pair inside the courthouse parking garage for allegedly violating bail conditions from their July arrest on the same charges.
Two confidential informants told police that Armstrong and Laughlin charged patrons a $5 entry fee, Webster said. If the patron carried a gun, they would be charged $50.