A few hundred dollars and a bag of synthetic marijuana might cost years in prison for a Metamora man charged Monday with using a shotgun to rob a man.
The alleged victim admitted to police he meant to sell the drugs taken from him, he said.
Because the dealer contacted police, Kyle Knock, 25, became the second man charged with the violent crime.
Knock’s alleged partner, Cody Bernius, 28, of West Virginia was charged last week — several days after the two allegedly surprised the dealer with their robbery plan in the Crestview Motel in Washington. The self-admitted dealer has not been arrested or charged.
Police quickly picked Bernius as a suspect after the alleged robbery Oct. 20. He had registered at the hotel under his own name and, though he wore a mask during the robbery, was identified by the victim through a mug shot photo, police said.
Bernius also brought police to him. The day after the robbery he reported he was the victim of a home invasion. Police found the shotgun, owned by Knock, in the Metamora residence where Bernius was staying, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
When a Washington Police Department detective interviewed Bernius at the Metamora Police Department, he admitted to the robbery, the affidavit stated.
Knock was taken into custody Friday after he told police Bernius had rented the motel room and arranged to buy spice, a common name given to leafy material laced with a chemical that mimics the effects of marijuana, the affidavit stated.
The drug deal was arranged through residents staying at another room at the motel, the affidavit stated. When the dealer arrived, Knock let him in. Moments later Bernius walked from the bathroom with the shotgun.
He and Knock ordered the dealer to put the bag he had planned to sell on the bed and lie on the floor, the affidavit stated. They took his wallet and $200 and, with orders to remain on the floor for five minutes, left the dealer unharmed, the affidavit stated.
Knock was ordered held on $50,000 pending a Nov. 21 preliminary hearing on the Class X armed-robbery charge, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Bernius also remains in custody on $100,000 bond pending the same court date.