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City woman faces multiple charges in Frederick

June 13, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

FREDERICK, Md. - A Hagerstown woman was charged Sunday with committing two armed robberies and leading police on a high-speed chase, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Mary Elizabeth Harrison, 31, of the 600 block of Sout Potomac Street, was charged with two counts of armed robbery and first-degree assault and one count each of reckless endangerment, theft under $300 and theft over $300, as well as several moving violations.

She was being held Sunday night awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner.

A veritable crime spree began Sunday morning when a woman brandishing a tire iron threatened and robbed the owner of Tollhouse Amoco on West Seventh Steet at 7 a.m., police said.

When police arrived at the scene, they were unable to locate the car or the woman. The victim said she fled in a tan Buick west on West Seventh Street.

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At 2:05 p.m., police received a call for another armed robbery, this time at Fox's Sport and Bait Store on South Market Street.

The robber attacked the clerk with fishing tackle from the store, police said.

The victim was treated and released from Frederick Memorial Hospital, police said.

The clerk's name was not provided by police.

While heading toward the scene on Broadway and West South streets, an officer realized the car traveling in the area matched the description of the robber's.

Police said they attempted to stop the car, but the driver sped off. Officers pursued the car out of Frederick city limits on Reichs Ford Road. Maryland State Police aided in the chase.

While on the Monocacy River bridge, a severe thunderstorm occurred and police were forced to slow down.

The woman lost control of her car on Reichs Ford Road about a quarter-mile east of Ball Road during the storm, police said.

Her car came to rest 15 to 20 feet off the side of the road in some bushes, police said.

The driver was taken into custody without further incident, police said.

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