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Police chief calls robbery most unusual

November 16, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown Police Department Chief Arthur Smith called the armed robbery of a moving car early Monday on Potomac Street one of the most unusual robberies during his five years as police chief.

At 12:48 a.m., a motorist reported being robbed at gunpoint in the 100 block of North Potomac Street, according to police. Police said a man jumped on the hood of the victim's moving car, causing the driver to pull to the side of the road, and stuck an automatic handgun inside the vehicle and demanded money.

Two people were in the car, which was traveling south, police said

Police said the assailant told the victims he would shoot them.

The assailant, as well as a second man in the area, left after a passenger gave him $20, police said.

One of the men wanted in connection with the incident is described as a tall black man with a thin build who was wearing wire-framed glasses and a black, vinyl jacket with a hood, according to police.

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Police described the second man as a short, stocky black man who was wearing a black stocking cap, a silver jacket and dark, baggy blue jeans.

Smith said he has not heard of similar incidents in Hagerstown.

"It's certainly unusual to say the least," Smith said. "The only time you typically see someone robbed is when the motorist stops and initiates conversation with an individual or group of individuals."

Smith said investigators plan to look at recorded footage captured by one of several cameras placed throughout the downtown. Smith said a camera is positioned in that area.

"The question would be where the camera was pointed at the time of the incident," Smith said.

Smith said he did not want to comment further on the status of the case Monday because he still was reviewing information gathered by department investigators.

Anyone with information may call Hagerstown Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

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