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Arrest made in drug connected robbery investigation out of Fayette County

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James Moore was arrested on Sunday, March 2 in connection to an assault investigation out of Jodie, WV. James Moore was arrested on Sunday, March 2 in connection to an assault investigation out of Jodie, WV.

An investigation into an assault that happened in Jodie, WV nearly three weeks ago lead to the arrest of a man on Sunday, March 2.

James Matthew Moore, 53, of Jodie was arrested on a First Degree Robbery charge.  The Central West Virginia Drug Task Force made the arrest on Sunday.  Moore is a convicted felon.  He was found guilty of dealing morphine back in 2009.  Moore's arrest on Sunday was in connection to an investigation that began on Thursday, Feb. 13.

A Nicholas County man from Dixie, WV was checked into Montgomery General Hospital at around 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 13.  That man said that he was attacked and robbed when went to "check on a friend" in Jodie.  The victim later confessed that he had gone to the home to buy prescription drugs. The victim claimed that the man who attacked him was James Moore, and that Moore attacked him because Moore thought the victim was a "snitch."

"The victim in this alleged incident was not entirely innocent," said Sheriff Steve Kessler. "He admitted that he went to the suspect's residence to obtain drugs and was assaulted and robbed because the suspect believed him to be a 'snitch.' When you engage in the business of buying and selling drugs, you are literally taking your life into your own hands."

The victim's identity has not been released.  He claims that Moore hit him in the head multiple times with a handgun and threatened to kill him.  As a convicted felon, Moore is not allowed to own a gun.

Moore is being held in the Southern Regional Jail. His bond is set at $5,000.  The incident is still under investigation by the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at 304-574-4216 or CrimeStoppers at 304-255-7867.  Tips can also be left at the Fayette County Sheriff's Department's Facebook page.