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Rhode Island man charged in Hagerstown carjacking

September 08, 2000

Rhode Island man charged in Hagerstown carjacking



A Rhode Island man identified as a suspect in an attempted kidnapping and an armed carjacking near Hagerstown Thursday night has been arrested by Glocester, R.I. police

Thomas V. Dansereau, 29, of 715 Snakehill Road, Glendale, R.I., was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

Hagerstown police said Dansereau is a suspect in an attempted carjacking that occurred in the parking lot of the Super Wal-Mart west of Hagerstown at 9:43 p.m. Thursday.

Police in Hagerstown said a 40-year-old West Virginia woman was loading her 1996 Ford Contour when she was approached by a white male carrying a long-arm weapon.

The suspect threatened the women and ordered her into the car. After a struggle, the women broke free and returned to the store for help, police said.

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The victim was treated at the Washington County Hospital for minor injuries and released, police said.

The suspect drove away in the Ford Contour and was seen heading west on Garland Groh Boulevard.

Hagerstown officers searching the parking lot found a 1985 Buick four-door with Rhode Island license plates. According to police reports, witnesses said a man matching a description of the assault suspect was seen getting out of the vehicle.

A records check showed the car was registered to Dansereau.

The records check also showed that Dansereau was listed as missing by the Cumberland, R.I., Police Department.

At about 11:45 a.m. Friday, Glocester officers advised they had observed the stolen West Virginia car being operated in their district and they arrested Dansereau. He is being held in Rhode Island.

The suspect faces charges of attempted kidnapping, armed carjacking, robbery, felony theft, first and second degree assault and reckless endangerment for the incident on the Wal-Mart parking lot, Hagerstown police said.

- Don Worthington

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