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Hagerstown man faces robbery, assault charges

July 22, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

Dwayne Anthony Brewer yawned through the first half of his late-night arraignment Sunday and laughed through much of the second half of it.

Brewer faces charges on allegations he led a group of law enforcement officers through at least three county municipalities Sunday. He also is charged in a Friday morning armed robbery in Williamsport.

Brewer, 33, of the first block of East Baltimore Street in Hagerstown, appeared before District Court Commissioner Cheryl Titus on charges including armed robbery and two counts of first-degree assault.

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A conviction on the charges carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, according to court records.

Records said the robbery charges stem from a 6:30 a.m. Friday holdup at the AC&T on Virginia Avenue in Williamsport.

Authorities also charged Brewer with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, and one count each of robbery and theft in the robbery, records say.

Records allege that Brewer told police he robbed the store and stole the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero allegedly used as a getaway car.

Brewer also faces charges stemming from a car pursuit that went through Hagerstown, Funkstown and Boonsboro, according to news releases from the Hagerstown Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities charged Brewer with theft over $500, possession of crack cocaine, fleeing/attempting to elude police, driving a motor vehicle on a revoked license and driving a motor vehicle on a suspended license, court records say.

Brewer was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a total of $900,000 bond.

When Titus asked Brewer, who repeatedly yawned during the early stages of his arraignment, if he knew how to post bail, Brewer broke into laughter.

"Yeah, I'm not posting nothing," Brewer told Titus.

Brewer began laughing when he learned the list of charges against him included first- and second-degree assault.

"Where'd the assault stuff come from - who I assaulted?" he asked.

At about 2:23 p.m. Sunday, city police and sheriff's deputies began pursuing an Alero.

Authorities said they had to contend not only with speeds of up to 100 mph on local roads, but also with the knowledge there was at least one child in the car. Deputies later learned there were three children in the car, ranging in ages from 2 to 7, police said.

Sheriff's deputies took custody of Brewer on Sunday afternoon when the chase ended near Boonsboro. After Brewer stopped the car, he got out and laid face-down on the ground, according to Sheriff's Department Investigator Greg Alton.

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