Armed robberies likely linked

September 08, 2005|by Pepper Ballard

A pedestrian was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night in Hagerstown, the third such robbery with similar circumstances in two days, police said.

"We're going to be looking at it as being related to the other ones," Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Paul Kifer said Wednesday morning.

At about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, a person walking in the 300 block of West Memorial Boulevard was approached from behind by two men, police said. One of the men struck the victim in the head with an unknown object, knocking the victim to the ground, police said.

A man holding a handgun stood over the victim and demanded the contents of the victim's pockets, which were empty, according to police.


The victim was carrying a duffel bag and handed it over to the assailants, who left the area on foot south toward Reynolds Avenue, police said.

The men were described as black, between 5 feet 8 inches tall and 5 feet 9 inches tall, with thin builds. They were wearing dark clothing and used a semi-automatic handgun in the robbery, police said.

A woman was robbed at gunpoint Monday at about 10:30 p.m. to the rear of the first block of North Mulberry Street, and a group of four was robbed at gunpoint Monday at about 11:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Municipal Stadium.

The victims in those robberies described their attackers as three black men wearing dark clothing. One of the victims described the men as between 5 feet 4 inches tall and 5 feet 6 inches tall, with thin builds.

The robbers made off with about $100 from the group at the stadium, but the woman had no money to give them, according to police.

None of the Monday night victims had injuries, police said.

Handguns were shown in both Monday robberies, police said.

Kifer asks anyone with information on the robberies to call the Hagerstown Police Department's criminal investigations division at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

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