Larceny Victim Chases Assailant

WHEELING-The victim of an alleged larceny chased her assailant while driving her car Friday before police nabbed the suspect following a foot chase.

Wheeling Police Sgt. Ken Prager said officers responded to a 5:56 p.m. Friday call from a woman who said someone took her money while she was in the parking lot of the Rite Aid pharmacy in Elm Grove – and that she was in the process of chasing him along Interstate 70.

Early reports Friday indicated the incident occurred inside the Rite Aid, but police later said everything took place outside the store.

Prager said the female victim was walking into the store after parking her car when a thief sneaked up behind her to snatch a $100 bill from her hand. The suspect then jumped into a vehicle and fled the scene.

Prager said the victim entered her vehicle to call police from her cell phone. She maintained communication as she followed the fleeing suspect onto Interstate 70 before finally exiting at 16th Street.

When police stopped the vehicle in an alley at the rear of the 16th Street Convenient Food Mart, the suspect took off running on foot. Police caught up with him at the intersection of 15th and Wood Streets.

The police report states the victim then identified Tyerice Martell Irvin, 19, of Wheeling, as the person who took her money.

After initial reports identified the alleged crime as a strong armed robbery, officers instead charged Irwin with petit larceny. They took him before Ohio County Magistrate Patricia Murphy, who set bond at $2,500.