Police briefs

February 22, 2005

Police charge man in home invasion

Police had one man in custody and were still searching for a juvenile Monday in connection with a weekend home invasion armed robbery attempt, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Norman Chavez Frazier, 18, of 1016 H Noland Drive, was charged with three counts each of attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and attempted theft in connection with an incident reported at 41 Avalon Ave. on Sunday at about 7:17 p.m., police said. Frazier also was charged with one count each of first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, handgun on person and use of a handgun in commission of a felony, according to police.

Howard Nathanial Cummings, 17, whose address was not released, was charged in an arrest warrant with the same counts as Frazier, police said. Cummings, who was charged as adult on those counts, additionally was charged with possession of a handgun by a minor, according to police.


Police allege Frazier and Cummings entered the Avalon Avenue home showing handguns. Police said the occupants escaped, and nothing was reported stolen.

Police said Frazier was taken into custody at his residence just more than three hours after the incident. Police said Monday evening that Cummings was still at large.

Police ask that anyone with information on the incident call investigators at 301-790-3700.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls, Cpl. Roy Harsh said:


· At 5:44 p.m., two purses were reported stolen from the Sears store at Valley Mall. Eight credit cards and $35 in cash were reported stolen. from the two purses.

· At 9:02 a.m., the rear passenger window of a red Volvo parked at Hampton Inn, at 18300 Peak Circle, was reported broken.

· At 10:20 a.m., windows to a baseball concession stand were reported broken at Chestnut Grove Park. Damage was estimated at $500.

· At 11:27 a.m., a Brook Lane Psychiatric Center sign was reported sprayed with paint.

· At 11:40 a.m., alleged domestic violence was reported in the first block of North Antietam Street. No arrests were made.

· At 2:09 p.m., front and rear tags were reported stolen from a 1993 Ford pickup truck parked at Park N' Ride on Sharpsburg Pike. The tags were 47F049.

· At 2:26 p.m., tags were reported stolen from a 1989 Ford Thunderbird parked at Valley Mall. The tags were MSA084.


· At 4:47 p.m., a purse was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 13500 block of Donnybrook Drive. The purse and its contents were valued at $150.

· At 8:36 p.m., a Honda CRX 100 dirtbike was reported stolen from a locked garage in the 18000 block of Hollyhock Road. The bike was valued at $3,500

· At 7:29 a.m., a windshield was reported broken on a 1992 Chevrolet Astro van parked in the 300 block of Baker Hill Lane. Damage was estimated at $300.

· At 2:05 p.m., alleged domestic violence was reported in the 17500 block of Gay Street. No arrests were made.

· At 5:12 a.m., alleged domestic violence was reported in the 8000 block of Dam No. 4 Road. No arrests were made.

Man sought in W.Va. Waffle House robbery

INWOOD, W.Va. - Police were looking for a man who robbed a restaurant in Inwood at gunpoint early Monday.

The Waffle House on W.Va. 51, between U.S. 11 and Interstate 81, was robbed at around 4:20 a.m., according to Cpl. Brendan Hall, with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Hall said the robber had a small-caliber handgun. He forced a clerk to open her cash register and then grabbed the money from it, police said.

The clerk was not injured, Hall said.

Witnesses said the robber left in a gray car, possible a Jeep Cherokee, with a temporary West Virginia license plate, police said.

The robber was described as a white man in his mid-30s, between 5 feet 8 and 6 feet 1 inch tall. He had a full brown and gray beard and was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, police said.

Police were trying to determine whether the robbery was related to two others that happened in the hours beforehand. One robbery occurred at a Shell gas station in Jefferson County, while the other occurred at a gas station on Berryville Pike in Winchester, Va., police said.

Officers from the three jurisdictions were working together, Hall said.

Anyone with information can call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304-267-7000, or the anonymous Crime Solvers line at 304-267-4999.

Man who robbed Taco Bell sought by police

FREDERICK, Md. - A fast-food restaurant in Frederick was robbed by a man with a handgun Sunday evening, the Frederick Police Department said.

Police said the man entered the Taco Bell at 1086 W. Patrick St., forced employees to the floor in the rear of the store and took an undisclosed amount of money from a safe.

The robber was still at large Monday.

Police described the robber as a black man, about 6 feet tall and wearing dark clothing and black boots.

Police ask that anyone with information on the incident call investigators at 301-694-2100.

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