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Brothers charged in taxi robberies

March 19, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Two brothers were charged Tuesday in connection with the Sunday night robberies of two taxi drivers who were victimized in their cars in the 400 block of Park Place, Hagerstown City Police said.

Lawrence Reginald Monroe, 18, of 442 Park Place, was charged with two counts each of robbery and second-degree assault, and one count each of armed robbery, reckless endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon, according to police.

Lamont M. Monroe, 19, of the same address, was charged with two counts each of robbery, theft and second-degree assault, police said.

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Bond for Lamont Monroe is $35,000 and bond for Lawrence Monroe is $50,000. Both were being held at the Washington County Detention Center Tuesday night.

Detective Shane Blankenship was lead investigator on the case.

Sgt. Michael King said solving the two crimes was a priority because of the possibility more such robberies might occur. Many people called police with information on the crimes, King said.

The first robbery occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, when a driver for Miller Transportation went to Noland Drive, where she picked up two men, police said.

When the driver was about to drop the men off on Park Place, one of them began choking her while the other went through her pockets, taking less than $50 in cash, Blankenship said.

The second robbery took place at 11:57 p.m. In that case, another driver and his sister, also a driver for Miller, were riding together when they responded to a call in the 400 block of Park Place.

The two men asked to be taken to the Sheetz store on Potomac Avenue and then to Noland Drive. But when they arrived at Sheetz, they told the driver to take them back to Park Place instead, police said.

When the driver stopped on Park Place at Charles Street, one of the passengers pulled a knife, put it to the driver's throat and demanded money, Blankenship said.

The driver broke free and began running, but the two men chased him down and took $50 in cash.

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