Kroger robber waives preliminary hearing

Local - 3/25/2014 5:05 PM by Rachael Cardin

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

38 year-old Jonathan James Rager waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Magistrate Gregory Tanner's courtroom. Rager's attorney said he'll 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 13th and passed a note to the cashier that threatened he was armed with a gun and demanded money. There were 2 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 a $100,000 bond from his charges in 2 counties.


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