Police seek fourth suspect in downtown robberies
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Another man is suspected of being involved in a robbery last week that has already resulted in the arrest of three University of Charleston basketball players.
A warrant has been issued for Timothy Schmachtenberger, 22, of Canton, Ohio, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.
Police plan to charge Schmachtenberger with two counts of first-degree robbery in connection with the April 21 incident in the 600 block of Virginia Street.
Robbie Dreher, 22, and Quincy Washington, 22, both members of the UC basketball team, were each already charged with two counts of first-degree robbery for an alleged attack on Andrew Rude and Patrick Morrison that took place at about 2:40 a.m. at the intersection of Laidley Street and Virginia Street East, according to police.
Terrell Lipkins, 20, also of Canton, Ohio, has also been charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and four counts of access device fraud in connection to the same attack.
All three players were removed from the team's roster on the UC website.
Police believe Schmachtenberger, described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds, has left the area, but he might not be headed for Canton.
Rude, 58, suffered a fractured wrist and a cut on his scalp in the alleged attack on Sunday. Morrison, 35, reportedly suffered minor injuries.
Anyone with information about Schmachtenberger's whereabouts is asked to call Charleston detectives at 304-348-6480.