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Police log

March 31, 1997

Two charged in armed robbery

A dark-colored car pulled up beside two people in the 400 block of Sumans Avenue at about 9 p.m. Sunday night and a gun-toting man demanded money, Hagerstown City Police said.

The intended victim pushed a woman between himself and the gunman and then ran, dropping his keys and umbrella, police said. Two men in the vehicle stole a jacket from the woman, police said.

Based on a description given by the victims, police arrested two Shepherdstown, W.Va., men later Sunday night and filed a total of 15 charges each, said Capt. Robert Voytko.

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Bond was set at $200,000 each for Derrick Scott Monroe, 21, of P.O. Box 33, and Michael Dewayne Green, 21, of College Street. The two were being held in Washington County Detention Center in lieu of bond.

They were each charged with two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of 1st-degree assault, two counts of 2nd-degree assault, robbery with a firearm, carrying and transporting a handgun in a car, possession of an assault pistol, misdemeanor theft, and theft of an assault pistol.

Police stopped the car at about 9:30 p.m. on Linwood Road, said Capt. Robert Hart. Officers searched the car and allegedly found a 9mm gun and a jacket stuffed beneath a seat, he said. Police later learned the gun had been reported stolen from Martinsburg, W.Va., Hart said.

Car damaged with baseball bat

After an argument in the parking lot of the Long Meadow Shopping Center Sunday night, several males followed a 20-year-old man to his home and damaged his car with a baseball bat, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The victim and a friend were pursued through the northern section of Hagerstown to the victim's home on Woodland Heights Drive at about 8:45 p.m. by occupants of a blue Dodge mini-van, deputies said.

Several men in the mini-van allegedly had begun fighting with the victim in the carport area when the victim's father intervened, deputies said. As they were leaving, one of the men allegedly swung a bat against the 1995 Nissan 200 SX, authorities said.

Damage was estimated at $250.

The men drove toward Hagerstown in the mini-van, but were not found, deputies said.

The investigation was continuing, authorities said.

Two charged after Hagerstown chase

Hagerstown City Police chased a stolen car through downtown Hagerstown Sunday morning and arrested two men, police said.

Laurance David Silverman, 24, of 624 Knightsbridge Drive in Hagerstown, was being held Monday at the Washington County Detention Center on $65,000 bond and Matthew Michael Draper, 22, no fixed address, was being held on $10,000 bond.

Silverman was charged with DWI, fleeing and eluding, auto theft and possession of drugs, said Sgt. William Wright. Draper was charged with auto theft and resisting arrest, he said.

Wright said police received a call about a drunken driver near the Sheetz store on Maugans Ave. about 6 a.m. The blue Chevrolet Cavalier was spotted on the first block of West Church Street and the chase ensued, he said.

Officers Gerard Kendle and David Long chased the car onto Prospect Street, where it ran into a building owned by Union Rescue Mission, Wright said.

As the officers were getting out of their cruisers, the car took off again and turned right onto Church Street and then onto Mulberry Street before finally giving out, Wright said.

Wright said the car had a flat tire and other damage.

"If you would have seen this car, you wouldn't have believed it could have made it that far," he said. "It's hard to believe it did it."

After it stopped, the men got out of the car and fled on foot. Police arrested them in front of 128 N. Mulberry St.

Draper allegedly refused orders from police officers to lay down and was sprayed with pepper spray and forcibly handcuffed, according to court records.

Wright said the car was covered with mud, making him suspect it might have been stolen. A check of the tags confirmed it was reported stolen, from Thurmont, Md., Saturday night or Sunday morning, he said.

Clear Spring mobile home damaged

CLEAR SPRING - About $200 in damage was done to a mobile home on Hicksville Road Friday or Saturday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said Monday morning.

The resident discovered the damage around 4 a.m. on Saturday, deputies said.

Five windows and the door were damaged, deputies said.

Mirrors stolen from police car

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged in the theft of two side mirrors from a police squad car on Sunday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Craig S. Hessong, 19, was charged with theft and criminal mischief, police said.

The side mirrors were taken from a cruiser parked on Houser Road in Greene Township, Pa. The brackets that held the mirrors were broken off and the car's antenna was bent, police said.

Hessong was released from Franklin County Prison Monday morning on $2,500 bail, police said.

Police search for clues in death

Hagerstown City Police are searching for clues in the shooting death of a man found March 23 on West North Avenue.

Michael Eric Mackason Jr., 20, of Long Branch, N.J., was shot in the forehead, according to police. He had numerous packets of crack cocaine on him and is believed to have been involved in drug trafficking in Hagerstown, police said.

Police are circulating his picture in hopes that someone will recognize him, said Sgt. Ronald Graves, head of the department's criminal investigation unit.

Graves said Mackason was known by "Fyheem" or "Vyheem" on the street.

Sgt. Charles Summers, who commands the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, said Mackason did not have a criminal record in Washington County, although he did have arrests in New Jersey.

"He was someone new in town," he said.

Graves, who declined to say whether police had any suspects, said investigators have interviewed a number of people.

"We're still looking into it," he said. "We're looking at a couple of different things."

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