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Man wanted in Jonathan Street shooting apprehended

May 06, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

A man wanted in connection with a Feb. 13 shooting on North Jonathan Street in Hagerstown was apprehended early Wednesday at Motel 6 near Valley Mall, Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Curt Wood sai.

Wood said Jamal Elijah Lawson, 27, whose last known address was 310 N. Cannon Ave. in Hagerstown, was found Wednesday shortly after midnight in Room 316.

Wood said that prior to Lawson's arrest, police distributed fliers at area hotels and gave names to hotel clerks that Lawson may use. An "attentive clerk" at the Massey Boulevard motel recognized Lawson's alias "Blast" and called police, Wood said.

Lawson and "Blast" are two of several aliases the man allegedly has used, Wood said. He said the man was charged as Lawson.

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Lawson was charged with attempted second- degree murder, violation of probation, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection with the Feb. 13 shooting, Wood said.

The shooting, which occurred at about 1:25 a.m. on Feb. 13 in front of the New Vision Sports Lounge in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street, sent Jemel Sequan Crumes, 29, to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, police said.

Wood said Lawson also was charged in connection with a separate incident that occurred Sunday morning at 220 East Ave. in Hagerstown.

In that incident, Lawson was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a handgun, false imprisonment and third- and fourth-degree burglary, Wood said.

Lawson was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on Wednesday evening, a detention center spokeswoman said.

Lawson's bond on charges connected to the North Jonathan Street incident was set at $1 million. Bond on the East Avenue charges was set at $500,000, and bond on separate drug charges was set at $50,000, the spokeswoman said.

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