BUCKHANNON — Eric Matthew Robinson, age 39 of Buckhannon, was taken into custody and is now facing felony charges following multiple incidents that led to his arrest on Saturday, May 7.
Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputy Tanner Collins criminal complaint revealed that Eric Robinson DBA Eric’s Towing and Recovery LLC wrote and signed a check totaling $512.71 on Friday, March 25. The check was written to Buckhannon Toyota to obtain parts. On Monday, March 28 the check was returned secondary to insufficient funds. Buckhannon Toyota contacted Robison on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7. Robinson had declared to Buckhannon Toyota that he would arrive within an hour to make payment. Robinson failed to pay Buckhannon Toyota.
On Saturday, May 7 Deputy Collins served a felony arrest warrant on Robinson at the defendant’s residence. Robinson asked to put on some clothes to go with Deputy Collins. The Deputy then followed Robinson into the bedroom where there was a black handgun sitting on the nightstand. In front of the nightstand was Robinson’s overall bibs and he had full access to the firearm. Deputy Collins then placed the defendant into the back of his cruiser and transported him to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office for processing. Once on scene, Deputy Collins asked Robinson if he was a convicted felon to which Robinson claimed he was. The defendant proceeded to tell Deputy Collins that the handgun was his girlfriend’s handgun so she can protect herself. Robinson also stated the handgun is a 9mm.
At the time of the arrest, the handgun was not in the girlfriend’s possession nor was it locked up and Robinson could have freely gotten the handgun. The defendant also was previously convicted of fraudulent schemes, a felony, on Monday, September 18, 2006.
Robinson is currently incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail with a $10,000 cash only bond and is facing charges that include obtaining property via worthless check and also felon in possession of a firearm.