New charges filed in crime spree

January 15, 1998


Staff Writer

A former New York man has joined the growing list of those charged in connection with a 20-hour crime spree in Hagerstown Dec. 29-30.

Lamont Matthew Berry, 22, was picked up at 12:13 a.m. Tuesday at the Quality Inn in the 1100 block of Dual Highway, Hagerstown City Police said.

He was charged with first-degree assault, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and shooting a gun in the city limits, police said.


Berry was being held on $50,000 at the Washington County Detention Center.

Last week, two New York brothers were jailed on $1 million each on allegations of rape, kidnapping and assault with a weapon.

A 15-year-old Manhattan, N.Y., boy was charged as an adult in the alleged rape of a teenage girl Dec. 29, court records said.

Paris Taylor was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.

Maurice Latik Scott, 20, and his brother, Michael Sheriff Scott, 18, each were being held on $1 million bond.

Maurice Scott was first charged in a Dec. 29 shooting on Snyder Avenue. Both Scotts were charged Dec. 30 with kidnapping and assaulting the teenage girl, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Additional charges against Michael Scott and Paris Taylor were brought by Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Pete Lazich since they allegedly occurred in the 10830 Downsville Pike apartment of Maurice Scott, police reports said.

It was there that the girl alleged she was raped while a gun was held on her, police reports alleged.

The charges against Taylor and Michael Scott in that incident include first-degree rape and conspiracy, first- and second-degree assault.

The 15-year-old girl told police she was also forced at gunpoint into a trash bin behind the South End Shopping Center and threatened with death, police said.

The girl told police she believes Maurice Scott thought she was involved in a break-in of his home and theft of $400, police said.

She was let out of the trash bin but alleged that she was held for a time at an Oak Ridge Drive apartment where she told police the rape occurred, according to police.

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