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Man faces charges in slaying

June 17, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

HAGERSTOWN

shappell@herald-mail.com

A 23-year-old man in custody on unrelated charges was charged in an indictment Wednesday with first-degree felony murder and other charges in the March shooting death of a Waynesboro, Pa., man, court records say.

Tyshawn Jones was charged in the indictment handed up Wednesday by a Washington County grand jury in connection with the death of Jonathan Dennis, 19, in a March 14 shooting at the Washington Gardens housing complex, the Hagerstown Police Department said in a news release.

Jones, also known as "Tone," was charged with one count each of first-degree felony murder and second-degree murder, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, use of handgun in the commission of a felony, armed robbery, robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and controlled dangerous substance felon in possession of a firearm; seven counts each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment; and six counts of attempted second-degree murder.

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Felony murder is a murder committed during the commission of a felony such as robbery, burglary or kidnapping.

Hagerstown Police Department Lt. Richard Johnson would not comment on Jones' case Wednesday, saying the investigation was ongoing.

The grand jury indictment alleges that Jones killed Dennis with "premeditated malice" and shot at six others on March 14.

The indictment also alleges that Jones assaulted and robbed one of the others of $8 and conspired to commit an armed robbery at the housing complex.

Jones previously was convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of a firearm, the indictment says.

The Hagerstown Police Department has said that after midnight on March 14, several people left apartment 958-C in the Security Road housing complex and walked toward the parking lot. Dennis and another man had gone outside to wait for a ride home and were escorted by other men in the group out of fear there might be trouble with Azaniah Blankumsee and others because of an earlier altercation, police said previously.

Dennis, who was not present during the prior incident, was struck by one of five shots fired from about 50 to 75 feet away, police have said.

Blankumsee, 26, was charged in an arrest warrant on March 14 with first- and second-degree murder in connection with the shooting. He was taken into custody on May 25.

Jones and Blankumsee were being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center on Wednesday night, a detention center spokesman said.

The spokesman said Jones also was being held on $30,000 bond on separate charges, but would not specify what those charges were.

A third man, Victor Lawrence Anderson, 24, was charged in an arrest warrant on March 26 with one count of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and one count of transporting a handgun in a vehicle in connection with the shooting, police have said. He was taken into custody on April 2.

Anderson was being held at the detention center Wednesday night on $600,000 bond, the spokesman said.

Another man, Tione K. Blake was charged with armed robbery in connection with an incident that occurred at Washington Gardens shortly before the shooting, police have said. In that incident, a 13-year-old boy was robbed at gunpoint of $6 and a pack of Newport cigarettes.

Blake remained at the detention center Wednesday on $300,000 bond, a spokesman there said.

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