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Police: Carjacking, kidnapping allegations were false

October 23, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown City Police said they believed a woman's allegations that she was the victim of a Monday carjacking and kidnapping were false.

As a result, authorities on Wednesday dropped charges relating to the incident that had been lodged against Harold R. Bean Jr.

Police alleged that further investigation by City Police Detective Patricia Moulton revealed statements made by the woman were untrue.

Police said the woman told investigators that a man held her at knifepoint in her car Monday afternoon, forced her to drive to a supermarket for the purpose of cashing a personal check and stole the money from the cashed check.

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A police spokeswoman said Wednesday evening that police believe Bean never held a knife on the woman. The spokeswoman said the two met earlier Monday, but did not have a previous relationship.

Moulton relayed her findings to the Washington County State's Attorney's Office, and all criminal charges against Bean were dismissed in District Court, police said.

The woman had not been charged as of Wednesday night.

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