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Rand robbery suspect arrested

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police have arrested a man who allegedly held up a Rand convenience store at gunpoint late Tuesday.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said James Edward McCune Jr., 35, of Charleston, was arrested early this morning while hitchhiking along U.S. 60 near Campbells Creek.

"[Troopers] were patrolling and just happened to see him walking along the roadway," Baylous said. He said troopers picked McCune up because he matched the description of a man who robbed the 7-Eleven convenience store in Rand at about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Police believe McCune walked into the convenience store, pulled out a knife and demanded money from the cashier. He allegedly went behind the counter and cut the cashier with the knife before making off with cash.

Baylous said McCune didn't have the knife or cash on him when picked up by troopers, but was still wearing a hat that was allegedly seen in surveillance footage of the robbery. Baylous said McCune was identified by the store clerk and other witnesses.

McCune was awaiting arraignment this morning in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

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