Police log for 8/16

August 16, 2002

Tip leads to arrest of robbery suspect

A tip from a citizen Wednesday led Hagerstown City Police to apprehend a man wanted in a July 31 robbery at a downtown laundromat.

Edward Earl Swinson, 42, of no fixed address, was being held on $60,000 bond Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center. He is charged with one count each of robbery, second-degree assault and misdemeanor theft, police said.

Swinson, who is also known as Edward Earl Thompson, fit the description given to police after an incident at 10:36 a.m. July 31 at the Pro Wash at 18 E. Washington St.

That morning, a man who was washing some clothes was asked to leave because of his conduct, police said.

He was refunded his money but as he gathered his things, he stepped behind the counter and pulled open the cash drawer, removing the paper money, police said.


When the attendant stepped in front of him to prevent his escape, he pushed her out of the way and fled south in an alley across the street, police alleged.

A warrant was obtained for Swinson after the victim was shown a photo lineup, police said.

Police received a tip Wednesday that Swinson was in downtown Hagerstown. Members of the street crimes unit and patrol officers checked the downtown and took him into custody without incident, police said.

Police looking for missing city teen

A 15-year-old girl last seen Monday night when she left her home at 11217 Tanglewood Court in Hagerstown was being sought by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Kimberly Sue Hopkins is described as being 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 125 pounds with brown eyes and blonde hair. She was wearing a gray T-shirt, gray and blue stretch pants and white sneakers when she left her home around 11 p.m.

Anyone with information on the girl may call 301-791-3020.

W.Va. man sentenced on tampering charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 22-year-old Martinsburg man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court on charges he tampered with a witness.

Damian Hairston, of 138 Pikeside St., was sentenced to 12 months and one day imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston.

Hairston entered a guilty plea on May 20 to one count charging him with tampering with a witness to prevent the witness' testimony on Feb. 26 in a federal court proceeding, Johnston said in a news release.

Hairston is in federal custody, according to the new release.

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