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Robbery suspect sought

October 31, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

A man pistol-whipped a clerk at Roxy Liquors on Frederick Street until he was bleeding Wednesday, then fled with an unknown amount of money from the cash register, police said.

Police are investigating the possibility that the robbery was connected to a burglary at Halfway Liquors on Virginia Avenue at around the same time.

A burglary alarm at Halfway Liquors activated at about 12:10 a.m., when the store was closed. Maryland State Police found the front glass entrance door shattered. The cash register, containing a small amount of change, and one bottle of liquor had been stolen, according to Trooper First Class R.A. Plante.

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At Roxy Liquors, a passerby noticed the store had been robbed and called 911 at about 11:50 p.m., Lt. Rick Johnson of Hagerstown Police said.

Police were not identifying the clerk this morning, other than to say he's 65 years old. Johnson said the clerk was at Washington County Hospital this morning in good condition, but with severe lacerations on his ear and the side of his neck.

Police said two men entered Roxy Liquors shortly before closing time, which is midnight, to buy a bottle of beer. As the clerk waited on them, a man with a bandanna on his face and a gun came in and ordered everyone to get down on the floor.

The two customers buying beer left the store. The clerk laid on the floor. Police said the gunman then ordered the clerk into the back room, where the gunman beat him with the gun and tried to tie him up.

The gunman stole money from the register and ran away.

When police arrived, they saw the clerk standing behind the counter, covered in blood. Community Rescue Service tended to the man and took him to the hospital.

Johnson said police spoke briefly with the clerk and plan to speak more with him again later today.

The gunman was described as a thin black man in his 20s or early 30s, 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2, with a soft voice, wearing a greenish-yellow bandanna that covered his entire face, a black puffy coat and blue jeans. He appeared to have a semiautomatic handgun.

Police also released a description of the two men who were in the store buying beer who witnessed the robbery:

  • A thin black man in his late teens or early 20s, about 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9, clean shaven, wearing a light-colored baseball hat with a logo on it, a black puffy coat and blue jeans.

  • A thin black man in his late teens or early 20s, about 6-foot, clean shaven, with a thin face, wearing a plain black baseball hat, a black puffy coat and blue jeans.


Police are also trying to find the person who called 911.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Hagerstown Police at 301-790-3700, ext. 234. Ask for either Detective Shane Blankenship or Detective Chris Kayser.

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