Police briefs

April 01, 2004

Man says he was robbed at knifepoint

A man with a knife robbed another man in the 500 block of Guilford Avenue Wednesday night, Hagerstown Police Department officers said in a news release.

The victim was walking south when the robber approached him from behind, police said.

The robber pushed the other man against a vehicle and put a knife to his neck, police said.

The man with the knife didn't say anything, but grabbed property the other man was carrying, punched him and ran away, police said.

Guilford Avenue runs north and south between Wilson Boulevard and Memorial Boulevard.

A police K-9 unit was called in to help track the robber, but the dog lost the scent in a parking lot on South Potomac Street, police said.

Police described the robber as a black man in his teens, 6 feet, 1 inch, wearing a red T-shirt and a black NFL ball cap.


The victim was not injured. Police said the property he lost, which was not identified, was valued at about $65.

City police looking for man in shooting

The Hagerstown Police Department was asking for the public's help in finding Jaquan James, a Hagerstown man indicted by a Washington County grand jury in a February shooting in front of the New Vision Sports Lounge on North Jonathan Street.

Police said in a news release that James, 26, of 310 N. Cannon Ave., was indicted on 10 counts in connection with the Feb. 13 shooting of Jemel Sequan Crumes, 29, in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street.

The grand jury indictment handed up on March 11 charges James with the following: one count of attempted second-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of use of a handgun in a crime of violence, one count of wear/carry a handgun on a person, one count of possession of a regulated firearm, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm in the city limits, and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Officers, responding to a call of trouble brewing among a group outside the bar, heard a gunshot and watched as the crowd ran into cars or away from the bar, police said.

Crumes was shot in the left shoulder.

James - with aliases Jamal Lawson, Tyrone Parker and "Blast" - is described as a black male, 5 foot 6 inches tall, 180 pounds and having black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on James call the department's investigative division at 301-790-3700, ext. 234, or Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

Boy charged in series of robberies, thefts

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 15-year-old boy has been charged in a series of burglaries and thefts in the borough, Chambersburg police said.

The unidentified Chambersburg boy has been charged with a series of crimes between October and February, police said. The victims included Danny's Garage, The Hair Salon, Bill's Computer Connection and Jennings Chevrolet, as well as individual vehicle owners whose vehicles were either stolen or had items stolen from them, police said.

The boy was turned over to the Franklin County Juvenile Probation Department and is now in a youth detention center in Pennsylvania, police said.

Three teens hurt in Pa. accident

QUINCY, Pa. - Three people received minor injuries Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident on Tomstown Road, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said Justin Mark Bowersox, 16, of 106 Walnut St., Mont Alto, Pa., was driving south at 7:30 a.m., when he failed to slow for a vehicle that was stopped to turn onto Mentzer Gap Road. He swerved off the road and the vehicle he was driving hit a tree, police said.

Bowersox and passengers Benjamin Adam Brosious, 16, of Mont Alto, and Trenda Lynn Downin, 15, of Waynesboro, Pa., were treated at Waynesboro Hospital. Another passenger, Whitney Nicole Benedict, 15, of Waynesboro, was unhurt, police said.

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