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Three arrested after Monday armed robbery in Hagerstown

May 28, 2002

Hagerstown City Police arrested three people Monday in connection with an armed robbery at a home on Madison Avenue that was occupied by two adults and three children.

No one was injured during the robbery, police said.

The three people charged were identified as Daniel Keith Edmonds, 17, of 1008H Noland Drive, Hagerstown; Azaniah Blankumsee, 24, of 558 N. Prospect St., Apt. 5, Hagerstown; and a 15-year-old Hagerstown juvenile who was not identified by name.

All three were charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, general robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, second-degree assault, false imprisonment and theft, police said. Edmonds and the 15-year-old also were charged with possession of marijuana.

Police said officers were sent to a home in the first block of Madison Avenue about 10:30 a.m. Monday after receiving a report of an armed robbery in progress.

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Two residents at the address told the officers they were robbed by three males, one of whom displayed a gun, and provided descriptions of the assailants.

Two suspects were subsequently apprehended in an alley in the 400 block of West Antietam Street, police said. The third suspect was apprehended later at an undisclosed location.

Police said one of the victims was forced to his knees at gunpoint and told to cover his head with a pillowcase as one of the assailants repeatedly demanded money. One assailant then reportedly pointed a gun at the other members of the household while another searched the residence.

The children present were 10, 13 and 14 years old, police said.

Finding no money, the assailants fled through a rear door, police said.

Edmonds and Blankumsee were being held at the Hagerstown Police Department Monday night pending an appearance before a District Court Commissioner, police said. No information was given on the status of the 15-year-old.

Police asked anyone with information about the incident to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

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