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Mass. fugitive thought to be in Hagerstown

February 10, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

A fugitive from Massachusetts wanted on a federal warrant was believed to be in Hagerstown Thursday and is considered armed and dangerous, Hagerstown City Police said.

Marlon Booker, 29, of Attleboro, Mass., is wanted on a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution issued Feb. 2, police said.

Police alleged he fled after an armed robbery attempt that ended up in the shooting death of an accomplice.

Armed with guns, two men attempted to rob a third man on Jan. 29 on an Attleboro, Mass., street, said Hagerstown City Police Detective Shawn L. Schultz.

The intended victim pulled out his own weapon and shot one of the men to death, said Schultz.

Police said the incident was believed to have been drug-related.

Police here were notified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Booker might be headed to Hagerstown because his cousin lives here.

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On Wednesday, Hagerstown City Police, with the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff's Department, executed a search and seizure warrant at a Noland Drive apartment.

Through their search and subsequent interviews, Schultz said police determined Booker had been living at the apartment for about a week.

"We narrowly missed him," he said.

Schultz said Booker doesn't know Washington County well and is thought to still be in Hagerstown.

The FBI, Massachusetts State Police and Attleboro Police are working with police here in searching for Booker, said Schultz.

Booker is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, a gray sweatshirt, brown boots or shoes and a black puffy jacket.

He has black hair he wears braided in tight cornrows.

Charges against Booker include assault with intent to rob while armed, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm without a firearm identification card, conspiracy to violate a controlled substance law and conspiracy to rob, police said.

The FBI is offering a "substantial" cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Booker, Schultz said.

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