Police log

August 23, 2003

Hagerstown police seek purse snatcher

Hagerstown City Police are looking for a man who snatched a woman's purse at City Park on Friday afternoon, knocking her off a bench in the process.

The victim, 26, told officers Thomas Niebauer and John Lehman the incident occurred at 1:24 p.m. while she was sitting on a bench facing Virginia Avenue.

She said a man approached her from behind and pushed her off the bench, causing her to fall to the pavement. As she picked herself up, she saw a man running west through the City Park toward Highland Way carrying her light brown purse.

The purse had been beside her on the bench and contained credit cards, a cell phone and an undetermined amount of cash, she said.


Following the robbery, she drove to the police department to report the incident.

The victim described the robber as a white man, in his 30s, approximately 6 feet tall, 130 to 150 pounds, wearing a black short-sleeved shirt, baggy blue denim jeans, white running shoes and a black knit cap that covered his hair and ears.

The victim, who resides in Gaithersburg, was in Hagerstown visiting her sister. She scraped her right arm on the pavement but didn't require medical attention.

Anyone with information concerning this robbery or who may have been in City Park at the time of the robbery is asked to call police at 301-790-3700.

Man charged after Friday police chase

One man was charged and a second was injured after the car in which they were riding crashed during a police chase early Friday morning, police in Maryland and Pennsylvania said.

Martin Goshorn, 38, of East Market Street, McConnellsburg, Pa., was charged in Maryland with fleeing police, reckless driving and several other license, registration and insurance violations, Maryland State Police said.

He was released from custody Friday afternoon after posting $5,000 bond, according to a booking officer at the Washington County Detention Center.

Thomas Keefer, 27, of East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, Pa., was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police said the events began in Franklin County, Pa., at a few minutes after midnight. Troopers tried to stop a 1984 Honda Accord on Lemar Road in Peters Township for a possible equipment violation because of a noisy muffler, Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Jonathan Mays said.

When the trooper turned his emergency lights on, the car allegedly sped off, Mays said. Using back roads, the car eventually took Pa. 456 into Maryland. Police later identified the driver and passenger as Goshorn and Keefer.

At 1:05 a.m., Maryland State Police and Washington County Sheriff's deputies were called to assist, and police found the chase in progress at U.S. 40 and Keefer Road near Big Pool.

Sheriff's Deputy Brian Burke placed a tire-puncture device on the road which the car struck. The car then careened into a tree, police said. The men were taken into custody about 1:23 a.m., Mays said.

Pennsylvania authorities are continuing their investigation.

Hagerstown woman faces drug charges

An undercover operation conducted Monday night by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force led to drug charges against a Hagerstown woman.

Mylika Bianca Keyes, 22, of 138 N. Potomac St., was charged with one count each of distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, said Sgt. Pete Lazich, director of the task force.

Agents of the task force used a confidential informant to arrange a controlled buy of crack cocaine in the parking lot of Martin's Food Market on Pennsylvania Avenue at 8 p.m. Monday, Lazich said.

After the purchase was made, agents took Keyes into custody. A search of Keyes turned up additional cocaine, police said.

Keyes posted a $30,000 bond Tuesday and was released from the Washington County Detention Center, a booking officer at the jail said Friday night.

Sheriff's Office responds to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Office received the following crime reports Thursday:

  • Twenty compact discs were reported taken from inside a Ford Mustang parked at 10822 Brentwood Terrace. The loss was valued at $310.

  • A Jeep Wrangler was broken into at 16728 Tammany Manor Road, and 24 CDs and a case, valued at $370, were taken.

  • A Trek "4500" model, red and silver, 21-speed mountain bike was reported stolen from 460 Reckord Avenue in Cascade. No value was given.

Man flown from scene of accident

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was taken by helicopter to a hospital after he crashed his car Thursday on Bill Moxley Road near Barthelows Road, according to a release from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

John Eric Dubis, 39, of 8435 Edgewood Road, Frederick, appeared to have fallen asleep at the wheel of a 1985 Ford Econoline van at about 7:21 p.m. Thurday, police said

Dubis was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trama Center in Baltimore. Police said he was listed in critical but stable condition.

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