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Thurmont man charged in Hampton Inn robbery

March 08, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Two Maryland jurisdictions have issued arrest warrants charging a Thurmont, Md., man with armed robberies, authorities in Frederick and Washington counties said.

According to news releases issued Monday by the Hagerstown Police Department and Frederick County Sheriff's Department, Daniel S. Uppercue, 31, of 6415 Mountaindale Road, has been charged in armed robberies that occurred late last month in both counties.

City police, in a warrant obtained on Feb. 28, charged Uppercue with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, theft less than $500, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony/violent crime and handgun on person, according to information released by Criminal Investigative Division Sgt. Paul Kifer.

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The charges relate to an armed robbery at the Hampton Inn on Dual Highway on Feb. 26.

Uppercue was being held on charges in Virginia, and Kifer said the department has filed for his extradition, though he was unsure when Uppercue will face charges in Washington County.

"Obviously, Virginia wants him first," Kifer said. "We won't deal with him until they're done."

Kifer said he was not sure which municipality outside of Fairfax County, Va., where Uppercue was being held without bond, would have the first opportunity to prosecute him.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Department, in a warrant obtained Monday, charged Uppercue with armed robbery, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony/violent crime, first- and second-degree assault and theft less than $500 in connection with two robberies.

Those robberies were at the Four Corner's Exxon in Mount Airy, Md., on Feb. 12, and at Extended Stay America in Frederick, Md., on Feb. 24.

Uppercue was taken into custody on Feb. 26 in Fairfax County after a chase that involved the Frederick County Sheriff's Department, Maryland State Police and authorities in Virginia, ended there. The Fairfax Police Department said he is charged there with felony counts of speed to elude, assault on a police officer and habitual offender.

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