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Two city men robbed at gunpoint

December 18, 1997

Two city men robbed at gunpoint

By BRENDAN KIRBY

Staff Writer

Two armed men robbed two Hagerstown residents on the corner of North Avenue and Jonathan Street Wednesday, taking several items including the shirt off the back of one of the victims, Hagerstown City Police said.

The men, armed with a 9 mm handgun and a .22-caliber gun, stole a shirt, jacket and chain from one man and a jacket from the other, police said. A third man also may have been robbed, but police said they have been unable to locate the victim.

James Anthony Irvin and Marcus D. Chung told police they were standing on the corner of North Avenue and Jonathan Street at about 7:15 p.m. when two men approached them.

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The first man pointed a 9 mm gun at James Anthony Irvin's neck and said, "Take off your coat and give me your money," police said.

When Irvin, of Sumans Avenue, said he did not have any money, the gunman demanded his shirt, jacket and a gold chain with a cross, police said. The items were valued at $245.

Irvin, 17, told police that the robber told him: "Look at my face. I'm from D.C. If you run, I'll bust your (rear end)."

The second robber, who had a .22-caliber automatic gun, stole a $100 jacket from Chung, 16, who lives on North Jonathan Street, police said.

After taking the items, the robbers ran north on Jonathan Street, police said.

"We got in the area rather quickly and searched, but we haven't turned up anything yet," said Sgt. Roger Powers.

The robbers were described as:

* a black man about 20 years old, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall. He was wearing a black knit cap, a jacket and sneakers.

* a black man in his 20s, about 6 feet, 4 inches tall. He was wearing a black coat.

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