Sheriff’s deputy arrests man on firearms charge


BUCKHANNON — A Weston man was arrested for having a concealed weapon after a traffic stop earlier this week.

On July 3, Upshur County sheriff’s deputy Tyler Gordon initiated a traffic stop on a silver Pontiac Grand Prix on the Red Knob Road in Buckhannon for a defective headlight, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Gordon identified Robert J. Taylor, 31, as the passenger in the vehicle and also identified the driver, Donivan Roby. Both were asked to step out of the vehicle.

As Taylor exited the vehicle, he allegedly reached his left hand behind him in an unusual manner, according to Gordon.

Gordon instructed Taylor to not reach for anything and to exit the vehicle. After a pat down for weapons, Gordon found a pill container that had an unknown residue in it and a straw with white powder residue in his right pocket.

After more questioning, Taylor advised Gordon there was a firearm near his seat.

Gordon removed a Ruger LCP9, fully loaded with a round chambered, from the space between the passenger seat and the center console, which is where Taylor allegedly reached as he was exiting he vehicle.

A records check showed that Taylor had several prior felony convictions for forgery, uttering and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in 2006 and 2007.

Taylor was arrested for possession of a concealed firearm, a felony, and driving suspended/revoked third or subsequent offense, a misdemeanor. He was cited for seatbelt violation, a misdemeanor.

The latter two charges come from a Nov. 18, 2017 traffic stop made by Buckhannon Police Department Patrolman First Class Marshall O’Connor on Marion Street.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond for $10,000 cash or surety for the felony, $5,000 cash or surety for the driving suspended misdemeanor and $250 personal recognizance for no seatbelt.

No charges against Roby from the July 3 traffic stop could be found in magistrate court records.

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