A Kentucky man has been arrested in Harrison County after officers said he stole a woman’s phone, debit card and dog before fleeing from police in a stolen vehicle.
On Monday, March 18, a woman was sleeping in her vehicle in the parking lot of Kohl’s on Emily Drive in Clarksburg when she was woken up by a man with a bandana over his face, according to a criminal complaint. The man was later identified as Austin Merriweather III, 19, of Louisville, Kentucky, according to the Clarksburg Police Department.
Officers said Merriweather opened the rear driver’s side door of the vehicle and demanded money from the woman. Upon being told that she had no money, Merriweather demanded the woman’s phone, a portable charger and her wallet, according to police. Officers said Merriweather then demanded either money or the woman’s dog. The woman gave Merriweather her wallet and other personal fled the scene, according to court documents.
Officers said they located Merriweather in a vehicle behind Kohls and witnessed him flee the scene. During the pursuit that followed, officers said Merriweather disregarded two stop signs and ran a red light at the intersection of Emily Drive and Route 58.
At the conclusion of the pursuit, officers said they located several of the woman’s items inside the vehicle Merriweather was driving, including her phone, debit card and dog. Police also learned that the vehicle Merriweather was driving had been stolen out of Louisville, Kentucky on March 16. Officers said Merriweather admitted to driving the vehicle from Kentucky into West Virginia.
Merriweather has been charged with second degree robbery, fleeing with reckless indifference and bringing stolen property into the state. He is currently being held at North Central Regional Jail.