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Two arrested in shooting, robbery

Mar. 11, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Two men have been arrested on charges they robbed and kidnapped two others earlier this month in Huntington.

Arrested Sunday by authorities in southern West Virginia were Antonio D. Ward, 31, and Joseph Scott Reeves, 28, both of Bluefield, W.Va.

Warrants filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court charge that Ward and Reeves used weapons March 2 to rob two occupants at a residence in the 900 block of 13th Street.

Ward is accused of firing four gunshots during the ordeal, three of which struck the right shoulder of one of the victims as he tried to escape. Reeves, meanwhile, used a box cutter's blade to hold down and stab the other victim, warrants state.

Both victims have since been treated and released, according to the warrants and Huntington Police Lt. John Williams.

Ward and Reeves were initially held at a facility in Mercer County, W.Va., before being transferred Monday to the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver, W.Va., near Beckley.

Both are charged with first-degree robbery and kidnapping. Those warrants allege the suspects forced both victims to lay on their stomachs with their hands bound with duct tape. They fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Ward faces additional counts of attempted first-degree murder for injuries to the shooting victim, along with two counts of wanton endangerment related to pointing the gun at both victims and firing it at the one

Reeves faces an additional count of unlawful assault related to injuries inflicted with the box cutter, the warrants state.

Williams described the incident as being related to drug activity. He further said the residence belonged to neither the victims nor the suspects.

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