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July 12, 2006

Man is charged in alleged rape



A man allegedly raped an 18-year-old woman at a house in Hagerstown after they and two other people went for a walk, according to court documents.

At a hearing Thursday, probable cause was found to charge Israel Antonio Walker, 23, with fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree rape, false imprisonment and two counts of second-degree assault.

Walker allegedly touched the victim outside her Elizabeth Street home in Hagerstown after asking to talk to her April 27 about 4 a.m. According to charging documents, the victim told Walker to stop, then walked with him and two other males to another man's house on Madison Avenue.

After they smoked marijuana together, Walker pulled the victim into the bathroom and raped her, according to charging documents.

The victim told police she did not resist Walker because she believed he carries a gun, according to charging documents.

Walker has no known address, according to court documents.

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Hancock man faces assault, other charges



HANCOCK - A man who allegedly held a knife as another man walked toward police holding a blood-soaked shirt to his side faces several charges.

According to Washington County District Court documents, Eric S. Ginck, 19, of 14010 Hollow Road in Hancock, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, use of a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment.

According to charging documents, Ginck put down the knife and laid face-down on the ground after a police officer saw him and the victim while on patrol June 8 about 10 p.m. in the area of Main Street and Park Road in Hancock.

Woman is charged in alleged break-in



A Hagerstown woman allegedly hit her stepfather with a crowbar in apparent retaliation for being kicked out of his house, according to charging documents.

At a preliminary hearing Thursday, probable cause was found to charge Krystal Nicole James, 24, of 112 Manor Drive, with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary - use of tools, first-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon in the alleged attack.

According to charging documents, James allegedly broke into her stepfather's house in the 600 block of East Wilson Boulevard while he was sleeping May 29 about 5 a.m. She allegedly struck him in the head with a crowbar, then fled. The victim declined medical treatment, police said.

- Karen Hanna

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