Man Says He Was Robbed on Wheeling Heritage Trail

Photo by Jessica Broverman The Wheeling Police Department is investigating a report of a late Sunday robbery along the Heritage Trail behind WesBanco Arena.

Investigators are searching for suspects after a report of a late Sunday robbery in downtown Wheeling.

Wheeling Police Department officers responded to a call behind WesBanco Arena on the Heritage Trail at about 11 p.m. Sunday. A man told officers that while walking, he was approached and robbed by a man and two women. The man alleges the suspects pushed him up against a wall, hit him and took his money.

Department spokesman Philip Stahl said a firearm was brandished during the alleged attack, but was not used. No weapon was found, but investigators are still looking into the incident, according to Stahl.

“We had a K-9 unit down there and the victim was pretty shaken up. There are quite a few people involved and he did tell us it was a man and two other women. We’re trying to see if there is surveillance video in the area, if they stopped anywhere or if they left in a vehicle,” Stahl said.

The man did not sustain any serious injuries that required medical attention, according to Stahl. Officers believe they may know the identity of the three suspects, but the matter remains under investigation.

In an unrelated case, a Moundsville man is now behind bars after police discovered crystal methamphetamine inside a vehicle on Garden Court in North Wheeling. In the early morning hours on Saturday, Wheeling officers received a noise complaint through dispatch services.

When officers arrived at the residence of Bill Howard Hibbs, 44, of Wheeling, they discovered crystal methamphetamine and a large sum of monetary items in his vehicle. According to Stahl, a multitude of people exited the home when officers appeared at the scene.

“When officers arrived, about 10 people ran out of the house. The officers saw these two people sitting in a car outside of the house they responded to and spoke with them. The officers were given permission by those inside to search the vehicle,” Stahl said.

A positive alert was made on the vehicle after officers called in the K-9 unit to assist in the situation. Hibbs has since been arrested and charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver.

Hibbs is being held at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on a $15,000 bond.