Bond set for $250,000 in home invasion case

August 27, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

Bond was set at $250,000 Wednesday for one of the three men charged with breaking into a West End home Sunday and terrorizing the residents.

Former Hagerstown high school basketball player Diamond Christopher Scott, 21, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon without incident at his home at 624 W. Washington St., Hagerstown City Police said.

Originally held without bond, Scott asked Washington County District Judge Noel Spence to set a low bond.

"I was getting ready to start Hagerstown Community College on Monday," Scott said in his videotaped bond review Wednesday from Washington County Detention Center. "I've got a job ... I've got a son."

He had not made bond and was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Thursday night.

After Spence set bond at $250,000, an unidentified woman seated in the courtroom laughed aloud and got up to leave.

"Have you got something to say?" Spence asked the woman as she departed.


"No sir ... I'm leaving," the woman said.

The former basketball player at North Hagerstown High School was charged Tuesday with three counts each of false imprisonment and second-degree assault, two counts of robbery and one count of burglary, court records said.

Police went to 819 Dale St. on Sunday after being told that three men had broken in and tied up two women inside the home and robbed a male resident.

The two women, ages 17 and 19, had been been bound to chairs with duct tape, and the 18-year-old man had been assaulted, police had said.

The other men involved in the Dale Street incident werebeing sought.

Scott was a basketball player at North Hagerstown High School before an earlier brush with the law.

He received a five-year prison sentence for the August 1994 shotgun robbery of a couple in Hagerstown City Park and a concurrent sentence for a November 1994 armed robbery of a convenience store, according to court records. In both robberies, Scott automatically was charged as an adult because of the seriousness of the crimes.

In a Nov. 13, 1994, robbery at Wayne's Country Store at 1020 W. Washington St., Scott entered the store wearing a ski mask, pointed a handgun at the clerk and fled after getting $580, police reports said.

Anyone with information about the home invasion may call city police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141 with information.

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