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Woman puts up fight with alleged robber

October 20, 2004

An 84-year-old woman was knocked down and robbed of her purse Tuesday afternoon in front of Food Lion on Eastern Boulevard, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Mark Duckworth, 31, of 125 N. Prospect, was charged with robbery, theft and assault, the Sheriff's Department said in a news release. The robbery occurred at about 1:30 p.m., the release said.

Mildred Chambers, of Hagerstown, said she was walking toward the entrance of the grocery store when a man rushed toward her.

"He knocked me down and I knocked him down, too, but he got up faster than I did and ran away," she said. "He just ran and made a grab for my pocketbook."

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Chambers had a small bruise on her finger from the incident, but brushed it off saying, "I bruise easily."

She said she had "everything" in her purse but her car keys.

"If I could have caught him, I would have knocked him down," she said.

Steve Horst, store assistant manager, said he was happy that the alleged robber was captured.

"I'm upset that it happened in front of the store," he said. "I don't want anybody to feel unsafe coming into the store."

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