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City man, Va. teen face handgun charges

October 21, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown Police Department officers arrested a city man Wednesday night on handgun charges after they allege the convicted felon was found with two handguns in his glove compartment.

Kenneth Levon Longus, 20, of 814 W. Washington St., was charged with convicted felon in possession of a handgun; wearing, carrying and transporting a handgun; obliterating the manufacturer's identification number on a firearm; and resisting arrest, according to a police department press release.

Sgt. Paul Kifer said Longus is a person of interest in recent shooting investigations.

Detectives and police officers Wednesday night and early Thursday conducted surveillance of an area in the West End, stemming from an Oct. 18 shooting on Buena Vista Avenue, in which several cars, but no people, were shot, Sgt. Paul Kifer said.

On Wednesday about 11:45 p.m., Longus allegedly was seen driving a white Cadillac east on West Washington Street and was stopped on Berner Avenue, but Longus and his 17-year-old passenger allegedly ran from the car, according to the release.

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Two handguns were found in the glove compartment of the Cadillac, according to the release. Police allege both Longus and his passenger, 17-year-old Samuel Leonard Titus, resisted arrest. Police caught up to Longus about an hour after he was seen running from the car, according to the release.

Titus, of 14303 Brook Drive in Dale City, Va., was charged as an adult with wearing, carrying and transporting a handgun; being under the age of 21 in possession of a handgun; obliterating the manufacturer's identification number on a firearm; and resisting arrest, according to the release.

Both Longus and Titus posted bond at the Washington County Detention Center Thursday, a jail spokeswoman said. Longus posted a $30,000 bond, and Titus posted a $10,000 bond, she said

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