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Md. man charged in local bank robbery

March 01, 2006

A man arrested during a Pennsylvania bank robbery in early February is accused of robbing a Hagerstown bank, police said.

Howard Albert Freshour, 54, of 14100 Rectory Lane in Upper Marlboro, Md., was charged Feb. 14 in Washington County with armed robbery, robbery, second-degree assault and theft, Hagerstown Police said.

Freshour was arrested Feb. 1 by Pennsylvania State Police, who later linked him to a Jan. 9 Hagerstown bank robbery at Susquehanna Bank on Salem Avenue, police said.

Pennsylvania police said Freshour was accused of handing a handwritten note demanding money to a teller at First National Bank of Pennsylvania in Portersville on Feb. 1. The robber had a handgun, police said.

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Police said Freshour was later found and arrested.

His description matched that of the suspect in a Jan. 9 robbery, Hagerstown Police said. Sgt. Paul Kifer said officers were able to positively identify him through a mug shot from Pennsylvania State Police. Officers said they also found a map in Freshour's vehicle with Hagerstown circled.

Freshour was being held in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. At the time of his arrest, he was being held on a $100,000 bond, police said.

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