Charleston Police identify man suspected of robbing the elderly

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — The Charleston Police Department has identified a man they believe pretended to be a maintenance man and robbed an elderly man. Police say the suspect has been identified as Ronald Lee Adkins, 50, of South Point, Ohio.  

Just before noon, on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Charleston Police say Adkins went into an unlocked apartment at Agsten Manor without knocking. Police say he woke up an elderly tenant and claimed that he was a maintenance man there to check the water. He proceeded to ask the elderly tenant to take his clothes off and get in the shower. The tenant did so at which time the suspect went into the living area and stole approximately $31 in cash from his wallet. 

Adkins has been charged with one count of Burglary for the incident at Agsten Manor and there is an active warrant for his arrest. 

Surveillance video captured Adkins leaving the area southbound on Park Avenue. Agsten Manor is the housing complex on Randolph Street on the West Side of Charleston occupied by many elderly residents. 

These pictures are from surveillance video that captured the suspect leaving the area southbound on Park Avenue.

According to police, Adkins earlier went to an apartment on Morris Street occupied by a woman. Police say he went into the apartment and did the same thing. When he asked the woman to check the water in the bathroom, she refused and he left, according to police.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Adkins is asked to call the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-8111. 

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on WOWKTV.com, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.

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