HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Police took a man into custody Monday morning in connection with the weekend beating of a well-known Huntington community member.


Aaron Rafael Ingram

Aaron Rafael Ingram, 49, of Huntington, turned himself in at police headquarters after detectives were able to establish communication with him, police said.

He’s charged with first-degree robbery and attempted murder in connection with a Saturday morning incident at G.D. Ritzy’s restaurant. Ingram allegedly robbed and beat-up Sidney Torlone, the restaurant’s owner. Ingram used to work there, police said.

“Sidney Torlone is a kind and well-respected member of our community, and evidence shows that the suspect exploited his kindness and viciously attacked the victim,” Interim Chief Hank Dial said in a department news release.

Torlone remains hospitalized after being hit several times in the head with a blunt metal object. Police allege Ingram held Torlone at knife-point at around 8 a.m. Saturday. He demanded he open the safe. The restaurant had not yet opened for the day.

Ingram is being held in the Western Regional Jail on $500,000 bail. Police said Ingram has an extensive history of violence.

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