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Hagerstown City Police continue investigation into robberies

March 26, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHART

Hagerstown City Police believe there might be a connection between Sunday night's robbery and stabbing at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Dual Highway and an incident six hours earlier in front of Byers Stop-N-Go on North Burhans Boulevard.

"They appear to be similar," Lt. Rick Johnson said.

At 3:29 p.m. Sunday, Eric Joshua Moats was approached on North Burhans Boulevard by two black men who demanded money, and the taller of the two men displayed a knife, police said.

Johnson said the description of that knife-wielding robber was much like that of the man who stabbed a 7-Eleven clerk shortly after 9:30 p.m.

The robber was described at being 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 230 pounds, and wearing jeans, a black tank top and a blue bandanna on his head.

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After Moats gave his assailant money, the robber and his companion fled in a green Dodge Neon with no front license plate, police said. The Neon was driven by a white woman, police said.

No vehicle was seen in the 7-Eleven robbery, police said.

The 7-Eleven clerk, Timothy E. Sorrell, 41, of Hagerstown, was listed in good condition at Washington County Hospital late Monday, a hospital spokesman said.

In that robbery, a man entered the store, displayed a knife and demanded money from the cash register.

The robber was described as a black man, about 6 feet 2 inches tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a white short-sleeve shirt, dark sweatpants and a blue bandanna, police said.

A second person involved in the 7-Eleven robbery was described as a black man, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, and wearing a long coat.

Witnesses said that description was close to that of the robber's companion in the earlier crime.

"We don't believe these suspects are the same two who have been committing strong-arm robberies in the downtown area for the past few months," Johnson said Monday.

Anyone with information on either or both robberies may call police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

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