Man pleads guilty to armed robbery at tavern

January 03, 1997


Staff Writer

A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to the armed robbery of the South End Tavern in March.

Dana Joseph Schaff, 31, of the 200 block of West Howard Street, could face up to 20 years in prison for the crime. Sentencing was postponed and Schaff was returned to jail.

Assistant State's Attorney Duane Gigeous said the incident occurred at 11:45 p.m. on March 11 when Schaff entered the bar on South Potomac Street and ordered a drink.


When the bar manager took the cash drawer into the office, Schaff followed, Gigeous said.

"She thought it was a joke until he put a gun to her neck,'' Gigeous said.

Schaff took about $800 and fled.

A patron followed him out the door and saw him get into a blue pickup truck, Gigeous said. That information plus fingerprints on a glass were given to Hagerstown City Police.

An anonymous caller told police a few days later that Schaff called her from Texas and admitted to the robbery, Gigeous said.

Armed with that information, Jeff Kercheval, police chemist, was able to match the fingerprints on the glass with Schaff's known prints on file, Gigeous said.

Police learned that Schaff had been arrested in Tennessee on a charge of driving while intoxicated and police there saw a BB gun in his vehicle, Gigeous said.

In early June, police went to Cisco, Texas, and brought Schaff back to stand trial.

Other charges, including felony theft, handgun use during commission of a felony, reckless endangerment, assault and battery were dropped in exchange for Schaff's plea Tuesday.

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