Cases against men accused of park robberies are forwarded

September 13, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

The cases against two 20-year-old Hagerstown men charged with beating two homeless men in City Park on Aug. 11 were forwarded Tuesday to Washington County Circuit Court during their combined District Court preliminary hearings.

Travis Michael Harvey, of 441 Summit Ave., and Brandon Jerome Harris, of 335 S. Potomac St., each are charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of theft of property valued at less than $500, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment.

District Judge Mark D. Thomas said he found probable cause to forward both cases to Circuit Court.

Hagerstown Police Department Officer Wayne Zimmerer testified that James Gleason was found with "large lacerations across the top of his head" at about 3 a.m.

Gleason told Zimmerer that he fell asleep at about midnight and was awakened by two men who beat him with pipes, Zimmerer testified.


Zimmerer testified that Gleason was sleeping at one end of a pavilion and Frank Layman was sleeping at the other end of the pavilion when the attacks occured.

"Gleason and Layman met at night so they can watch each other while they slept so something like this wouldn't occur," he said.

Gleason identified the men as his assailants, but Layman was never shown photographs of possible suspects, he testified.

Gleason told police that Harris struck him "while he was still asleep" and Harvey struck Layman, Zimmerer testified. Layman later showed up at Byers Stop-N-Go with a fractured skull, Zimmerer testified.

Zimmerer said both men's wallets were stolen and both were found later at Harvey's nearby apartment.

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