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Fairmont woman faces robbery, prostitution charges

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Fairmont Police arrested a woman after she allegedly tried to rob a CVS Pharmacy in Fairmont. 

A CVS employee called 911 after Elizabeth Fortner, 22, of Fairmont, attempted to rob her, according to police.

The cashier told police that Fortner attempted to buy a bottle of water with a $20 bill then told the cashier to empty her drawer into the shopping bag, according to documents. The cashier told police that Fortner demanded that she put the money in the bag four or five times before Fortner put her hand in her pocket. After the cashier refused to put the money in the bag, Fortner left the store, according to police. 

Police said they recognized the cashier’s description of Fortner, and were aware of an active warrant for her arrest for a previous a prostitution charge. 

Officers went to Fortner’s residence on Walnut Avenue and knocked on her door, according to court documents. Police said they called her by name and told her “We know about CVS.”

Police said they informed Fortner of the pre-existing warrant before arresting her. 

According to court documents, Fortner told police she gave the cashier a $20 bill and that “She wouldn’t give me my change until I pulled out the knife.” Fortner further explained to police that she pulled out a knife with a blue handle with a 2″-3″ blade and demanded her change.

Fortner has been charged with second-degree robbery and prostitution. She was taken to the North Central Regional Jail and has bonds set for $205,000.

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