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Police seek city man in shooting

March 16, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A man wanted in the Sunday morning shooting death of a 19-year-old Waynesboro, Pa., man has served multiple prison terms and was on probation at the time of the shooting, court records say.

Records also say more than nine years of a 10-year sentence imposed on Azaniah Blankumsee in 2003 were suspended.

Blankumsee, 25, was charged in warrants in the fatal shooting of Jonathan M. Dennis at the Washington Gardens apartment complex early Sunday, police said.

Lt. Richard Johnson of the Hagerstown Police Department said Blankumsee was still at large Monday evening.

The fatal shooting occurred in front of 958 Security Road at about 12:40 a.m. Sunday. Police said five shots were fired at a group of people, including Dennis, from a distance of about 50 to 75 feet.

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Dennis, who was hit once in the chest, died at the scene, police said.

Authorities briefly believed they had located Blankumsee, also known as "Azzy," in a car Sunday evening, but that was not the case, Johnson said. Johnson said the car, which he declined to describe citing the ongoing investigation, was believed to be at the scene at the time of the shooting.

Johnson said Sunday that Blankumsee was believed to be a Hagerstown resident who moved to the area from New York City a few years ago.

Court records indicate Blankumsee maintained mailing addresses on North Prospect Street, North Jonathan Street and the Youngstoun Apartments in recent years.

Records also indicate Blankumsee was in the midst of a three-year probation term he was serving in connection with a robbery attempt on May 27, 2002.

Blankumsee pleaded guilty in March 2003 in Washington County Circuit Court to one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Several other charges against Blankumsee were withdrawn, records say. Judge W. Kennedy Boone III sentenced Blankumsee to 10 years in prison, but suspended all but nine months and 26 days of the sentence.

Records say that in that case, Blankumsee, along with a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old, went to a home in the first block of Madison Avenue to rob the occupants of $13,000 they believed was there. They searched the home but did not find any money and fled the scene, records say.

Blankumsee pleaded guilty in Sept. 2001 to theft of less than $500 and received a 60-day prison sentence, records say. Records say Blankumsee demanded money from Megan Clark, who had filed for a protection order against him less than a year earlier, during a dispute in January 2001.

Blankumsee was charged in warrants with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, carrying a concealed weapon, use of a handgun in commission of a felony/crime of violence, possession of a handgun by convicted felon and illegal possession of a regulated firearm, police said.

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