Hagerstown is a nice place to live and as the metropolitan areas get more crowded, many are choosing to make this city their new home. Unfortunately, some are people we'd rather not see set up housekeeping here.
Who are these undesirables? They're members of street gangs who have been released from the state prison complex south of Hagerstown. Instead of going back to where they lived before their convictions, they choose to stay here.
So says Hagerstown Police Detective Todd Dunkle, a member of the city's Street Crimes Unit and Western region director for MARGIN (Mid-Atlantic Region Gang Investigators Network).
In a November interview with The Herald-Mail's Pepper Ballard, Dunkle said there are several hundred gang members in the area, mostly members of the Crips and the Bloods, both of which have ties to the New York area.