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Escapee had two assault convictions in Washington County

May 02, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

A New York City man with assault convictions in Washington County walked away from a state prison work detail in Frederick County, Md., Tuesday morning, according to Maryland State Police.

Robert Anthony Crosby, 22, was assigned to the Maryland State Highway Department on Md. 85 in Frederick County when it was discovered he was missing at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to Trooper 1st Class Rick Bachtell.

When last seen, Crosby was wearing a white T-shirt, dark pants and state-issued work boots, Bachtell said. He is described as black, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing 134 pounds.

Crosby, who is serving a 3 1/2 -year sentence on drug charges at the Central Laundry prison facility in Sykesville, Md., appeared in Washington County Circuit Court in the fall of 1998 on two assault charges.

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He admitted to one count of second-degree assault in a September 1997 incident near Hancock.

According to police reports, a Cumberland, Md., woman met a man briefly at the Hardee's restaurant in Hancock to discuss a drug transaction and then followed him to the intersection of McKinley Drive and Tollgate Ridge Road, where she was hit in the head with a handgun, court records said.

A reckless endangerment plea stemmed from an Oct. 24, 1997, shooting that injured a teenage girl in the 400 block of North Potomac Street in Hagerstown. The girl was hit in the leg by one of seven gunshots fired through the door of an apartment.

Crosby was identified as the shooter.

In those cases, Crosby received a three-year concurrent sentence, according to court records.

Bachtell said a warrant has been issued for Crosby's arrest on escape charges.

Anyone with information about Crosby's whereabouts may call state police at 301-739-2101 or Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

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