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Charges dropped in robbery case

February 05, 2002

Charges dropped in robbery case



By MARLO BARNHART
marlob@herald-mail.com


Charges lodged last Thursday against a Hagerstown man were dropped the next day when police determined he was not involved in a strong-arm robbery that had occurred earlier Thursday, Hagerstown City Police said Monday.

Nathaniel Eugene Henderson Jr., 19, of 58 Winter St., had been charged with robbery, theft and second-degree assault and was committed to the Washington County Detention Center on $30,000 bond Thursday.

"Our investigation into the robbery continued after Henderson was charged and as it continued, it was determined Henderson had fled from police for another reason," Lt. Rick Johnson of Hagerstown City Police said Monday. He didn't elaborate.

Johnson said investigators also became skeptical of the witness identification in the robbery, bolstering Henderson's contention that he was not involved.

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Johnson said the delay until Monday in releasing information about Henderson's release and the dropping of charges against him was unintentional.

The episode began at 2:23 p.m. Thursday when Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Charles Enders encountered a man in the first block of East Antietam Street who said his brother had just been robbed. Enders called city police, who responded and found the victim, a 48-year-old man, with a cut on his head.

The man was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he received 11 stitches and was released, police said.

At 2:24 p.m., Deputy Dave Norford saw three men in the alley behind the adult bookstore. They ran when Norford approached.

Henderson was found a short time later hiding under a porch at 30 E. Antietam St., police said. The other two were not apprehended.

With Henderson exonerated, police said they were intensifying their efforts to find the robbers.

Anyone with information about the robbery may contact Hagerstown City Police Detectives Carroll Braun or Patricia Moulton at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

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