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Police: Armed assailant attacks man in home

November 06, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A 73-year-old Hagerstown man told police he answered a knock on his door Wednesday morning to find an armed man who demanded money, Hagerstown City Police said.

Police said the victim, whose name was not released, told them he heard a knock on his back door of his home in the 200 block of Avon Road at approximately 9:20 a.m.

The man said that when he answered the door, a man standing there displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money, police said.

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The victim told police he gave the robber several one dollar bills. The assailant, apparently angry at the small amount of money, threw the cash down on a desk, struck the man and left, police said.

Hagerstown Police Lt. Rick Johnson said the assailant struck the victim on the forehead with the barrel of the handgun, leaving the man with a large bruise. He was treated at the scene by responders from Community Rescue Service and refused transport to Washington County Hospital.

"He seemed to be a little bit shaken up and obviously shocked by what transpired," Johnson said.

The assailant was described as a white man in his late teens or early 20s, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 200-plus pounds, police said. He was wearing a dark ball cap, dark zipper jacket and dark work pants, police said.

Johnson said the incident was out of the ordinary because it happened "in broad daylight" and in a neighborhood not generally characterized as a high-crime area.

The assailant headed north toward West Church Street, police said. Investigators and members of the K-9 unit were unable to locate him.

Johnson said he hopes someone who was in the area can provide them with leads in the case.

"Being broad daylight, I'm hoping someone in the public saw the suspect after or prior to the incident," he said.

Police ask that anyone with information contact Detective Patricia Moulton at 301-790-3700, ext. 281.

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