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Arrest warrant issued in robbery, carjacking

May 08, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man police allege robbed a Williamsport pharmacy, wrecked his vehicle while fleeing and then took the sport utility vehicle of a 48-year-old Hedgesville, W.Va., woman who stopped to help him.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is searching for Jamie Parker Barnes, 41, in connection with the May 2 robbery and carjacking.

Barnes is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes, deputies said. He might be traveling with his wife, Jessica Barnes, who is not facing any charges, according to deputies.

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One of Barnes' vehicles was found in Virginia on Friday, two days after the robbery and carjacking, according to a news release.

Sheriff's deputies responded to an armed robbery at Williamsport Pharmacy, 31 N. Conocoheague St., at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, deputies said.

The robber showed a handgun, took oxycontin and other prescription medication, then ran away, deputies allege. The robber did not take any money, which led deputies to believe he is dealing with addiction, Sgt. Roy Harsh said.

About two minutes after responding to the robbery, deputies received an emergency call about a carjacking near Md. 68 and Spielman Road in Williamsport, Harsh said.

The carjacking victim saw a man wreck his vehicle. When she went to check on his condition, the man got into her vehicle and told her to drive, deputies allege.

The woman drove down Spielman Road until the carjacker told her to get out of the car, deputies said. The woman was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, according to police.

Deputies checked the registration of the wrecked car, which came back to Jamie Parker Barnes, Harsh said. People in the pharmacy during the robbery identified a photograph of Barnes as the assailant.

The carjacked vehicle, a 1998 Isuzu Amigo, was found in the Avis Mill Road area, deputies said.

Anyone with information may call Harsh at 240-313-2183.

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