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Pair faces prosecution on attempted bank robbery charges

January 02, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

The way was cleared Tuesday for two of the three men charged in the attempted armed robbery of a bank in Sharpsburg Oct. 28 to stand trial in Washington County Circuit Court.

Darrel Andre Shanton, 24, of Hagerstown, and Julian D. Pace, 22, of Martinsburg, W.Va., were each bound over for further prosecution Tuesday by Washington County District Court Judge Ralph France.

They are being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond each.

The preliminary hearing for the third man, Paul L. Jackson, 27, of Lancaster, Pa., was postponed when his attorney failed to appear Tuesday.

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Jackson is also being held on $50,000 bond.

The trio was arrested Oct. 2 after the Washington County Sheriff's Department received a call reporting suspicious activity at the rear parking lot of the Washington County National Bank in Sharpsburg.

The suspects' car was later spotted by police near the intersection of South Potomac Street and Wilson Boulevard, police said.

Police followed the car, which was stopped at the intersection of West Side and Salem avenues, police said.

The three men did not resist arrest, police said.

A search of the car revealed two loaded semi-automatic handguns and a loaded revolver, police said.

In addition to the guns, police said they recovered two bandannas, a roll of duct tape, three pairs of gloves, and three knit caps, one of which had eye holes.

In addition to attempted armed robbery, the three were charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.

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