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June 09, 2003

City police arrest man accused in Sunday robbery



The victim of a Sunday morning robbery spotted a man later that day wearing his clothes and alerted Hagerstown City Police, who took the man into custody, Lt. Rick Johnson said.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, James Andrew Brown, 24, of 1024 Westport Drive, was charged with one count each of armed robbery, robbery, theft, first- and second-degree assault and conspiracy, police said.

Late Sunday, Brown's bond was set at $150,000, police said. He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center.

Officers Eric Knode and Christopher Watt went to the first block of North Prospect Street after the robbery victim said he saw a man wearing his sneakers and a baseball cap, both of which he told police were taken during the 1:30 a.m. robbery in Elgin Park.

When taken into custody, Brown also was found to have the victim's watch and ring, police said. Three knives also were recovered from Brown.

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Detectives Steve Hoover and Shane Blankenship are continuing a follow-up investigation of the incident in an attempt to identify others who may have been involved.

The victim, a 37-year-old Hagerstown man, reported to police he was robbed at knifepoint in Elgin Park, police said.

The man told police he was walking in the park when he was approached by four black males, police said. One of the men displayed a knife and placed it against the victim's throat and announced a robbery, he told police.

After turning over his cash and other property to the men, the victim told police they fled the area on foot and last were seen in an alley to the rear of the 100 block of Elizabeth Street.

The victim sustained a minor laceration to his throat as a result of the knife being placed against it, but did not require medical attention, police said.

Anyone with information about the other men who may have been involved in the robbery is requested to contact the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.




Two men face drug charges after K-9 investigates vehicle



Hagerstown City Police Friday charged two men with marijuana possession after watching one of them allegedly pass a marijuana cigarette in view of the police's closed-circuit television in the 400 block of North Jonathan Street.

Watching the camera at 3 a.m., officer John Lehman watched the driver of a dark-colored vehicle go into a nearby house while the passenger of the vehicle engaged in a conversation with someone who approached the car.

The passenger passed what the officer suspected was a marijuana cigarette back and forth to that person in view of the camera, police said.

Lehman then followed the car to the 100 block of South Prospect Street, where it was pulled over. After charging the driver with speeding and failing to use his turn signal properly, police called in K-9 officer Patty Shantz to scan the vehicle for drugs.

Police found suspected marijuana on the floor of the car's driver's side and a blue bag filled with suspected marijuana in the passenger's mouth.

The driver, Dwayne Paige, 29, of Security Road, was charged with one count each of possession of marijuana, driving while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance, driving without a license, as well as speeding and the turn signal violation, police said.

Passenger Moses Heckstall Jr., 21, of New York City, was charged with one count each of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Both men were released from the Washington County Detention Center after posting bond - $5,000 for Paige and $10,000 for Heckstall - jail officials said Sunday.




Pa. man charged following alleged assault on officer



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa.-area man who allegedly fought with a Pennsylvania State Police trooper Friday faces numerous charges, according to state police.

Kendric Charles Payne, 25, of 14765 Sherwood Drive, was being held on a probation violation and outstanding warrants, police said. He also faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, driving under the influence and false identification.

Police said Payne was arrested for driving under the influence near the Barclay Village development in Hamilton Township, Pa. He then was taken to Chambersburg Hospital, but as he was leaving the hospital, police allege he assaulted the officer.

Police also allege he gave them a false name.

The report did not list the time of his arrest.

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