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Police arrest men holed up in house

one subdued with Taser

July 19, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN

andrews@herald-mail.com

A Washington County Sheriff's Department deputy shot an alleged shoplifter with a Taser device Monday after he tried to run from police, an investigator said.

Investigator Greg Alton said police went to 20 Snyder Ave., off Virginia Avenue, on Monday to find Timothy Lee Kegarise, 25.

Alton said a security officer at Hecht's at Valley Mall called him at about 1 p.m. to say they caught a man on videotape stealing a $400 kitchen mixer.

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Alton said he watched the videotape and recognized Timothy Kegarise as the man.

When police got to Timothy Kegarise's home on Snyder Avenue, Timothy's brother, Thomas Lynn Kegarise, who was wanted on arrest and bench warrants, met them outside, but claimed to be Jeremy Kegarise, Alton said.

Alton said he asked Thomas Kegarise for identification. Thomas hurried into the house and closed the door, refusing to come out, Alton said.

Both Thomas Kegarise, 27, and Timothy Kegarise ignored police orders to come out, Alton said.

Alton said he watched the front door and Deputy Arnold Cerezo watched the back door as they called for backup.

Soon, Timothy Kegarise came out of the house, possibly through a window, and ran through the yard, Alton said. Cerezo shot Taser probes into Timothy Kegarise's abdomen and right thigh because he wouldn't stop, Alton said.

According to Taser International, Taser devices override the nervous system through an electrical signal. Alton said the Taser made Timothy Kegarise stop.

Sheriff's deputies and Hagerstown Police then went inside and found Thomas Kegarise, who was hiding, Alton said.

Thomas Kegarise was arrested on three warrants.

One charged him with theft over $500. Washington County District Court documents say Thomas Kegarise allegedly stole a 10-piece cookware set from Hecht's on or about April 5.

A second warrant charges him with possessing drug paraphernalia (a marijuana pipe), making a false statement to Cpl. Daniel Faith of the sheriff's department and obstructing and hindering an officer trying to arrest him, all on or about April 15.

A bench warrant accuses Thomas Kegarise of violating the terms of his home detention.

Thomas Kegarise was being held in the Washington County Detention Center Monday night in lieu of $9,500 bail.

Alton said Timothy Kegarise was charged Monday with theft and resisting arrest. He was not at the detention center Monday night.

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