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Doty Arrested For Armed Robbery Of Budget Inn

By Staff | Nov 24, 2010

James Matthew Doty

Local authorities have one man in custody and are searching for another male and female in connection with an armed robbery at the Budget Inn of America located on state Route 2 in New Martinsville.

According to New Martinsville Chief of Police Tim Cecil, the incident occurred Nov. 21 around 4 a.m. wherein James Matthew Doty, 25, and an unidentified female subject entered the inn and asked for a room. Doty then allegedly pulled out a gun demanding money, jumped over the clerk’s desk, and the couple fled the scene with less than $200. The couple was seen being driven from the scene in a vehicle described as an older model white Ford Ranger.

Luckily, not only was the clerk unharmed, but was able to identify Doty, as he had rented a room at the inn just two days prior to the robbery. Just as fortunate, police happened to respond to a noise complaint earlier Sunday from a local residence where Doty was cited.

Shortly after the crime police received another noise complaint from the same residence. Four officers of the NMPD and two from the Paden City Police Department cautiously responded to the complaint, suspecting Doty might be present. Doty was found sitting outside of the apartment and was taken into custody without incident.

At the time of this offense Doty was out on bond for charges presently before the Wetzel County Circuit Court. Doty is charged with one count each of forgery and uttering, said to have occurred between April 11 and 12, and is also planned to be arraigned Dec. 1 on a newly unsealed indictment charging him with two counts of delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (oxycodone), said to have occurred on or about Dec. 20 and 21, 2009, in Wetzel County.

Police are looking for Justin Wyatt, the male suspect believed to have driven the couple from the scene. Earlier reports indicated Jessica Schoolcraft as the female subject with Doty. However, since that time it has been confirmed Schoolcraft’s name was given to authorities falsely and she is not suspected to be connected in any way to the crime. No female suspects have been named but officials are searching for both the driver and Doty’s female counterpart in the offense. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the New Martinsville Police Department at 304-455-9100.