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Man beaten and robbed in downtown Charleston tells his story; fourth suspect identified

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Photo courtesy of CPD: Timothy Schmachtenberger Photo courtesy of CPD: Timothy Schmachtenberger
CHARLESTON -

UPDATE:

A warrant has been issued for the fourth suspect in a brutal beating and robbery that happened last week in Charleston, WV. 

Timothy Schmachtenberger, 22, of Canton, Ohio is charged with two counts robbery in connection with the beating and robbery.  Schmachtenberger is believed to have left the area, but not necessarily to Canton, Ohio.

Police are asking for people to call 304-348-6480 if they have information.

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ORIGINAL:

The search continued over the weekend for a fourth suspect in a brutal beating in downtown Charleston.

The suspect is known as "T.C." and is wanted in connection to the robbery of two men in Charleston last week.

Charleston Police have already arrested three other suspects.  All three suspects arrested were University of Charleston basketball players.

The University of Charleston released a statement saying the men were removed from the team, evicted from the residence halls and further campus disciplinary actions are in progress.

One of the victims of the robbery was South Charleston resident Andrew Rude.  Rude said he was out enjoying live music that evening. He didn't expect to end up in the hospital.

"It was a good evening, until the incident," Rude said.

He was walking to his car when he was beaten and robbed in downtown Charleston.  That night he said he only had $20 in his wallet.

"This is the shirt I was wearing," Rude explained while showing his blood soaked shirt. "You can see it had blood all over the shoulder and neck and I had blood on my pants."

Rude is an accountant and a father of two sons. He has grandchildren as well. He graduated from the University of Charleston in 1981.

"That was the first thing that disturbed me when I found out it was University of Charleston students who did this. I don't understand that," Rude said.

Rude said he is not planning to let this incident keep him from coming back downtown to enjoy live music and live his life.

"I have no fear of it," Rude said. "It was just an unusual circumstance I think."

Rude spent days in the hospital and has a long road to recovery ahead of him. He has stitches on his face, black eyes and he says possible bleeding on his brain. He can't drive because of a broken hand and he said he is having trouble catching up on work.

If you have any information on the fourth suspect in this incident, you are asked to call Charleston Police.