On December 9, 2013, around 6:30 p.m., Metro 911 dispatched Deputy J. Ferrell of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office to Old Goff Mountain Road in Cross Lanes to investigate an attack. The victim, John Miller (33 years old of Cross Lanes, WV), had injuries about his head. His face was covered in blood, and was bruised, and swollen. He said he went for a ride with a girl he knew named Chelsey Flavin (23 years old of Ona, WV), after meeting her at a nearby shopping plaza.
Ms. Flavin drove the vehicle to a remote area of Old Goff Mountain Road and pulled over. She exited the car and opened the trunk. Her boyfriend, Christopher Estep (26 years old of Huntington, WV), exited the trunk and attacked Mr. Miller. During the attack Mr. Miller said his wallet and other items were stolen by the couple.
While at the scene Mr. Miller was unsteady on his feet and his speech was sometimes hard to understand. Deputy Ferrell attributed this to the injuries to Mr. Miller’s head. He was taken to an area hospital by medics Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority to be treated.
Deputy Ferrell conducted an investigation. He obtained additional information which led him to arrest Chelsey Flavin and Christopher Estep. They were each charged with robbery, a felony. They are currently being held in Western Regional Jail.
Below is the statute commonly referred to as strong-arm robbery:
§61-2-12. Robbery or attempted robbery; penalties.
(c) If any person: (1) By force and violence, or by putting in fear, feloniously takes, or feloniously attempts to take, from the person or presence of another any property or money or any other thing of value belonging to, or in the care, custody, control, management or possession of, any bank, he shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be confined in the penitentiary not less than ten nor more than twenty years; and (2) if any person in committing, or in attempting to commit, any offense defined in the preceding clause (1) of this subsection, assaults any person, or puts in jeopardy the life of any person by the use of a dangerous weapon or device, disabling chemical substance or an electronic shock device, he shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be confined in the penitentiary not less than ten years nor more than twenty-five years.
Corporal B. D. Humphreys
Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office
301 Virginia Street East,
Charleston WV 25301
304-357-0732 / 304-951-7328