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Arrest Made in Washington Ave. Shooting

September 18, 2012
By IAN HICKS - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - The suspect in a weekend shooting at an apartment on Washington Avenue in Wheeling also is wanted as a fugitive from Ohio and is being held at the Northern Regional Jail without bond.

Robert Glenn Robertson, a 52-year-old Wheeling resident also known by the name "KO," is accused of stabbing and shooting Cleveland resident Orlando Jackson inside a Washington Avenue apartment late Saturday.

After police obtained a warrant for his arrest, he turned himself in about 8 p.m. Sunday, according to Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball.

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Magistrate Harry Radcliffe arraigned Robertson Monday afternoon by video conference and set his bond at $500,000 on a charge of attempted murder. However, Radcliffe informed Robertson he will be held without bond pending an extradition hearing on the Ohio warrant - the result of Robertson's alleged failure to appear in court to answer a theft charge in Belmont County.

During Monday's brief hearing, Robertson also asked that a public defender be appointed to represent him and requested a preliminary hearing.

Kimball said a witness told officers responding to 225 Washington Ave. just after 11:30 p.m. there was a man in his ground-floor apartment who had been shot.

There they reportedly found Jackson, who Kimball said is about 40 years old, beaten, stabbed in the neck and shot in the right thigh.

According to Kimball, witnesses reported hearing a "loud argument" inside an upstairs apartment followed by a gunshot.

Investigators believe the victim jumped from a second story window and landed in front of the building, where a witness found him and pulled him inside before police arrived.

When officers asked Jackson who shot him, he reportedly said, "'KO' did it." Kimball said officers searched the upstairs apartment and found a knife, a single shell casing and a large amount of blood.

Paramedics rushed Jackson to Wheeling Hospital, and he later was flown to Pittsburgh by medical helicopter. He remains in the hospital with what Kimball termed "life-threatening injuries." According to a police report, the bullet fractured Jackson's femur.

Robertson is the lone suspect at this time, though Kimball noted the investigation is ongoing and no motive has been established.

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