A man charged in several downtown Beckley vehicle break-ins is now charged in an 11-year-old armed robbery in Bluefield — one in which a woman was clubbed in the head, police say.

Mark Anthony Williams, 29, of Beckley, is charged with one count of first-degree robbery, said Lt. Jeff Shumate, detective for the Beckley Police Department. He was arraigned Wednesday before Raleigh County Magistrate Charles Humphrey, and bond was set at $50,000. He remains held at the Southern Regional Jail.

He had been in jail since Nov. 16, charged with four counts of breaking and entering into automobiles. Bond was set at $25,000 then.

The warrant for Williams’ arrest was delivered Friday, but it was not served until Williams’ first court appearance in Raleigh County Wednesday for the breaking and entering charges, according to Bluefield police.

When Williams was taken into custody for the breaking and entering charges, he admitted to being involved in a Bluefield armed robbery in March 1994, Shumate said. When Beckley police received this information, they contacted Lt. Tom Helton with the Bluefield Police Department to relay the information. Police soon obtained a first-degree robbery warrant.

In this robbery, Williams struck a woman in the head with a wooden club, Shumate said. The injuries were serious enough to warrant surgery afterward.

Williams had not even been a suspect in the robbery, Shumate said.

Ellen Warren was assaulted in a parking building on the corner of Princeton Avenue and Raleigh Street while on her way to work at a Bluefield bank, according to reports from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Her masked attacker then rifled through her purse until he was frightened away by someone else arriving at the garage who flashed lights and sounded the horn from her vehicle.

Bluefield police reported that Warren had since recovered from the robbery — physically. According to Helton, Warren has been scarred emotionally since the robbery, Shumate said. She is relieved Williams has been charged.

— E-mail: apridemore@register-herald.com

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