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Police seek two in home invasion

December 18, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Six days after a home invasion/robbery at a Broadway apartment, Hagerstown City Police have released information on the crime and two of the three intruders who remain at large.

Police were called to an apartment at 25 Broadway at 11:30 p.m. Dec. 12 where they found two teenage victims, an 18-year-old male and a 17-year-old female.

The preliminary investigation revealed that three young males entered the victims' residence and robbed them and a male visitor at gunpoint. The victims, who were familiar with two of the three suspects, identified one as "Steve" and the other as "Russell."

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The victims were taken to police headquarters and interviewed. A follow-up investigation, conducted by Detectives Carroll Braun, George Brandt and Chris Kayser revealed that during the late evening hours, a male visitor arrived at the residence to sell a half ounce of marijuana to the male resident, police said.

While at the residence, the male visitor had a telephone conversation with another person and made arrangements to purchase more marijuana. During this same time period, the suspect known as "Steve" made a brief visit and left. Within a short period of time, a delivery of drugs was made to the residence, police alleged.

At that point, the two residents and the male visitor were in the home along with approximately one pound of marijuana and an undetermined amount of cash, police alleged.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., the male resident heard a knock at the front door, looked out and recognized "Steve," who was with another person just out of view, police alleged.

When the door was opened, the two men forced their way into the residence, displayed a handgun and took the money, two packs of cigarettes, a $280 bracelet and the pound of marijuana, police alleged.

Police were searching for Stephen Henry Batiste Jr., 17, of 39 Broadway, and Russell Nelson Younker, 17, of 902 Hamilton Blvd.

Both were charged as adults with one count each of first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, use of a handgun in crime of violence; and three counts each of armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault and theft, police said.

The third intruder has not been identified. Anyone with information regarding this incident and the three intruders may contact police at 301-790-3700.

A reward is being offered.

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