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2 teens held in playground assault

September 26, 2000

2 teens held in playground assault



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


Two Hagerstown brothers who police allege assaulted and held two juveniles upside down and shook money out of their pockets at a school playground were being held at the Washington County Detention Center Tuesday evening.

Anthony Caldwell, 16, and Emmanuel Caldwell, 19, of 27 E. Lee St., Hagerstown appeared in Washington County District Court Monday for a bond review. Their bond was set at $25,000 each.

The brothers were each charged with armed robbery, accessory to armed robbery, robbery, accessory to robbery, theft under $300, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Although a minor, Anthony Caldwell was charged as an adult because the crime involved the use of a weapon, charging documents said.

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Charging documents said two juveniles had been selling candy for a fund-raiser in the area of Bester Elementary School on South Potomac Street and stopped to play in the school's playground on July 12 at 9 p.m.

The juveniles told police they were approached by a group of teenage boys and a dispute broke out. One of the males allegedly pulled out a set of brass knuckles and punched one of the juveniles, charging documents said.

Hagerstown City Police said the victim's mouth was bleeding when they arrived.

The victim was taken to Washington County Hospital and received stitches. His front teeth also were chipped in the incident.

A knife was waved at the victims and they were held upside down and shaken until $4 fell out of one of the victim's pants, charging documents alleged.

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