Police briefs

October 31, 2004

$1,000 of clothes stolen at outlets

An estimated $1,000 worth of clothing was stolen from two shoppers in the parking lot of Prime Outlets near Hagerstown Saturday afternoon, according to a press release from Maryland State Police.

Police were looking for two men. One is described as being black with light skin, having a hairstyle known as corn rows, and wearing a hooded black sweatshirt. He is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, police said.

The second man is black and was wearing a black sweatshirt, police said.

The robbery happened as two shoppers, having been to several stores and carrying a large amount of cash rolled up in their pockets, walked to their car, police said. At the car, two men approached and demanded cash, police said.

One of the men had his hand in his sweatshirt's pouch pocket, pointing something toward one of the victims, police said. Officers said the victims were not sure whether the man had a gun.


The victims ran to a nearby restaurant and called 911 on their cell phone. When they went back to their car with police, the clothing they'd bought was gone, police said.

Maryland State Police ask anyone having information that may help, to call them at 301-739-2101.

Man charged with assaulting daughter

The father of a child who was in critical condition at a Washington, D.C., medical center earlier this week was taken into custody on Saturday, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.

Police got an arrest warrant for Scott Eugene Patterson on Thursday.

Officers went to Patterson's 330 N. Mulberry St. home at 10:23 a.m. Saturday after receiving a tip that he was seen entering his home, according to a police statement.

Patterson, 26, was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Patterson was charged with first- and second-degree assault, child abuse and reckless endangerment, police said.

Patterson was charged in connection with an incident in which his 3-year-old daughter was injured seriously.

Police allege Patterson was responsible for her injuries. She was treated at Children's National Medical Center. Police said the girl was in critical condition as of Friday. An update on her condition could not be gotten Saturday.

Police said Patterson initially told investigators that a dresser in the family home fell on top of the girl, causing the injuries. Police allege there were numerous discrepancies in his story.

Patterson was being held Saturday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $250,000 bond, a jail official said.

State Police probe motorcycle accident

Maryland State Police were investigating a motorcycle accident that occurred around 10:24 p.m. Saturday on the U.S. 11 bridge over the Potomac River, according to a Washington County 911 dispatcher and Maryland State Police.

No further information was available late Saturday.

Four hurt after car hits utility pole

ANTRIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Four people were injured Saturday morning when a car ran off Hill Road and hit a utility pole, according to a press release from Pennsylvania State Police.

The accident happened at 9:54 a.m. in front of 4033 Hill Road in Antrim Township, police said.

Juna Fernandez, 17, of Mercersburg, Pa., was driving a 1989 Pontiac Grand Am north. As Fernandez was going around a turn on the wet road, the car ran off the road, police said.

Fernandez was not injured.

An 11-year-old passenger, Maria Fernandez, had a moderate head injury; Veronica Vargas, 14, had a leg and head injury; and Adrian Rodriguez, 21 months old, had a neck injury, police said.

The child was restrained and all of the car's occupants were wearing seat belts, police said.

Woman hurt when her car hits tree

QUINCY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A woman was injured Friday afternoon when her car hit a tree, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Rachel Leann Melendez, 25, of Waynesboro, Pa., was taken to Waynesboro Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

Melendez was not wearing a seat belt, police said. Her car, a 2002 Volkswagen Passat, had severe driver's side damage, police said.

The wreck happened at 1:40 p.m. in front of 5500 Old Forge Road in Quincy Township, police said.

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