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Two officers hurt while arresting men charged in robbery

February 02, 2007

FREDERICK, Md. - Two police officers were injured as two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Berkeley County, W.Va., were arrested Thursday, according to a Frederick Police Department press release.

Richard Lee Ernst, 26, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Wayne Robert Bates, 22, were arrested in Frederick, said W.A. Johnson, a sergeant at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The Frederick Police Department said in the release that officers responded Thursday about 10:50 a.m. to the shopping center at Seventh Street to investigate a car that was reported to be driving around. Police discovered that Ernst and Bates, who were inside the car, were wanted, and police said officers arrested Ernst without incident.

When they tried to arrest Bates, he allegedly struck two officers with the car and another vehicle that was driving through the lot, police said. Bates continued to resist officers, and police used pepper spray to subdue him, according to the release.

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Krystal Lynn Dodson, of 711 Buxton St. in Martinsburg, who also was in the car, allegedly grabbed at officers as they tried to arrest Bates, according to the release.

Bates is charged with multiple counts in the incident Thursday, including assault on a police officer, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, giving a false name and multiple traffic offenses. Dodson is charged with hindering and obstructing and second-degree assault, Frederick police said.

Bates and the two injured officers were treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital, according to the release.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said Bates, Ernst, and Garry L. Himes, 24, of Hedgesville, W.Va., who was arrested Saturday, are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and armed robbery Jan. 14 at a Waffle House at 1807 Edwin Miller Blvd. They did not get any money, according to a press release.

Frederick police said Ernst also was wanted in Hagerstown. On Thursday, Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Steve Bussard said a man with the same name was served with a warrant for writing bad checks, but he said he did not know the man's age or place of residence.

Bates is from the Mount Airy, Md., area, but he has no fixed address, Frederick police said.

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