- Aug 12
Martinsburg Police Make Arrests in Faulkner Avenue Shooting
This afternoon, the Martinsburg Police Department successfully concluded its investigation in the August 7, 2016 shooting incident in the 400 block of Faulkner Avenue in Martinsburg as the two persons listed as wanted were placed in custody.
Shaquan Richardson and Kia Johnson surrendered themselves to the Martinsburg Police Department and have been charged with several felony counts for the abduction, attempted robbery, and shooting of Javon Peters who resides on Faulkner Avenue.
Shaquan Richardson has been charged with Kidnapping, Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping, Attempted Robbery, Malicious Assault, and 9 counts of Wanton Endangerment. Kia Johnson has been charged with Kidnapping and Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping.
Both Richardson and Johnson were processed and taken to Berkeley County Magistrate Court where they were arraigned by Magistrate Hersh, who set “no bond” on both defendants. Richardson and Johnson have been transported to Eastern Regional Jail to await hearings. Richardson has retained the legal counsel of Mills & McDermott, and Johnson has retained the counsel of Sherman Lambert.
Martinsburg Police Chief Maurice Richards commented on the recent incident and praised the work of MPD Detectives and other personnel. “Our officers responded to this incident immediately and our investigators, led by Detective Corporal Adam Albaugh, wrapped up this case in record time. We want Martinsburg residents to know that violence of this kind is unacceptable in our community and that perpetrators will be caught and sent to jail.”
“Once again, the professionalism and good old-fashioned police work of the Martinsburg Police Department has solved a major case,” observed MPD Deputy Chief George Swartwood. “As always, it’s a total team effort, and in this case special recognition goes out to Detective Corporal Adam Albaugh and our entire Detective Unit.
Albaugh, a ten year veteran with MPD, was quick to recognize the assistance of other MPD personnel, as did both the Chief and Deputy Chief. “This case would never have been solved this quickly without the fantastic job that our Patrol units did in responding to, securing, and processing the crime scene,“ stated Detective Albaugh.
The Martinsburg Police Department was assisted in the investigation and arrest by the United States Marshals Service, Berkeley County Sherriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, and Jefferson County Sherriff’s Department and thanks them for their assistance in this investigation.