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Three charged in assault of man found in gully

November 12, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

Following an investigation, Hagerstown City Police have made three arrests in connection with a Nov. 3 attack on a man found unconscious, naked and burned in a wooded gully between the two Antietam Street overpasses at Burhans Boulevard and Walnut Street.

James Lee Betts, 32, no fixed address; David James Kirkpatrick, 51, of the 1100 block of Hamilton Boulevard; and Wesley Morgan Armstrong, 47, no fixed address, were each charged with one count of second-degree assault in connection with the incident, said Detective Chris Kayser of Hagerstown City Police.

The three men are being held on $60,000 bond each at the detention center, Kayser said.

The victim, Charles Edward Rappe, 37, no fixed address, was still in critical condition at Washington County Hospital, Kayser said Monday.

"There was apparently an argument in the wooded area where Mr. Rappe was found and then it turned physical," Kayser said. "He was beaten, his clothes were stripped off and he was set on fire."

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Kayser said Rappe's clothes were then set on fire.

Around 5 p.m. Nov. 3, a passing train alerted police to the man's presence in the grass between the railroad tracks.

Police responded, along with Community Rescue Service personnel, who found Rappe and transported him to the hospital.

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