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W.Va. woman held in robberies

June 18, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

An 18-year-old Falling Waters, W.Va., woman was charged Wednesday in connection with a series of recent, and particularly violent, armed robberies around Hagerstown.

Ashley Renee Wilcox, of 608 High Cliff Road, is accused of being the getaway driver in three May 12 robberies.

Wilcox, who was being held on $100,000 bond, was charged with armed robbery, robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, theft, second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit assault.

Police allege that Wilcox drove the car carrying Matthew Justin Luipersbeck, 16, of Falling Waters, and Sterling Olin White Jr., 25, of Hagerstown.

Originally charged as a juvenile, Luipersbeck already was facing numerous counts of robbery, second-degree assault and theft. When Hagerstown City Police added a count of armed robbery earlier this month, the case automatically was sent to adult court.

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White, of 1062 Wayne Ave., also is charged with armed robbery, numerous counts of robbery, theft and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault.

The Haven Road incident was the first of three robberies.

It occurred at 2:45 a.m. when a man was hit in the head with a stick and robbed, according to Detective Carroll Braun.

The next incident happened when an employee of Washington County Hospital was walking toward her office in the 200 block of East Antietam Street at 6:47 a.m. A man ran up behind her and hit her in the head, police said.

The woman was not seriously hurt, police said.

At 8:05 a.m. in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Wesel Boulevard, a man of similar description ran up behind a female employee as she approached the store, pushed her down and took her purse.

The victim got the tag number of the car in which her assailant rode away, and a witness got in his vehicle and followed the car to the West Virginia border, police said.

The apprehension of Luipersbeck and White came a few days later in Hagerstown when they were spotted by police.

Wilcox, 17 when the robberies occurred, originally was charged as a juvenile.

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