Suspect of Beckley grocery store robbery waives preliminary hearing

Local - 3/25/2014 10:44 AM by Rebecca Turco

BECKLEY - A Parkersburg man charged with a recent armed robbery at a Raleigh County grocery store appeared in court Tuesday.

Jonathan James Rager, 38, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Magistrate Gregory Tanner's courtroom. Rager's attorney said he will request 20 years for a flat sentence in jail at his next appearance in circuit court. 

Sergeant David Allard with the Beckley Police Department said Rager had several warrants on him for robbery, shoplifting and parole violation.

Allard said Rager went to the Beckley Kroger on Harper Road the night of March 13 and passed a note to the cashier that threatened he was armed with a gun and demanded money. There were two robberies of the same style the prior week in Parkersburg, so police there assisted the Beckley Department with identifying Rager from the surveillance video.

Rager is in Southern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond for his charges in two counties.


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