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Man charged with first-degree robbery after apparent drug deal goes sour

James Matthew Moore James Matthew Moore

JODIE (WVVA) - A Fayette County man has been arrested after he allegedly beat and robbed a man he believed to be a "snitch" during an apparent drug deal.

James Matthew Moore, 53, of Jodie was taken into custody Sunday following the execution of a search warrant at his home.

Moore is charged with first-degree robbery in connection with a Feb. 13th incident in which a Nicholas County man claimed he went to Moore's residence to buy prescription pills, then was assaulted by Moore because the suspect believed him to be a "snitch."

The victim initially told deputies that he had went to the Jodie area to check on a friend when he was struck in the head multiple times with a handgun, threatened with death and held at gunpoint for several hours before he was robbed of a small amount of cash.

The victim later admitted he went to the area to buy pills.

He further stated that he had been told by Moore that if he told anyone what happened that he and his family would be killed.

An investigation into the allegations by the victim revealed that Moore had previously been convicted in 2009 for delivery of a controlled substance -- morphine -- and was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Moore is being held at Southern Regional Jail on $5,000 bond.

The incident remains under investigation by the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office and West Virginia State Police assisted in executing the search warrants at Moore's residence.



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