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Restaurant workers robbed at gunpoint

April 06, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

Two restaurant employees were robbed at gunpoint in a bank parking lot within sight of their business Monday, the Hagerstown Police said.

They were on their way to make a deposit, police said.

Two employees from the Wesel Boulevard Boston Market told police they were robbed at 10:15 a.m. in the parking lot of Hagerstown Trust.

A man armed with a semi-automatic handgun demanded a money bag, police said. The robber took the bag, got into a Chevrolet Blazer-style sport utility vehicle that had stopped directly behind the vehicle the employees had taken to the bank, and drove north on Wesel Boulevard, police said.

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The robber was described as a black man, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 185 to 220 pounds, clean-shaven and with short hair, police said. He was wearing dark clothing, police said.

Hagerstown Police Department Lt. Richard Johnson said investigators believed the robber waited for the employees to leave the restaurant before following them to the nearby bank.

Johnson said business owners and employees need to be mindful of the possibility of such incidents even though they are not common in the immediate area.

"They need to be very aware of their surroundings," he said. "And if they do see something suspicious, they need to notify police immediately.

Johnson said he believes several people may have witnessed part of the robbery because Wesel Boulevard is so "heavily-trafficked."

"There's an awful lot of people out there moving around," Johnson said. "We're hoping someone who saw anything would give us a call."

The lead investigators in the case are Detectives Casey Yonkers and Patricia Moulton. They can be reached at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

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