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Court briefs

June 20, 2007

City man charged with attempted murder



A man who allegedly told a woman the information he found in her cell phone would determine whether she lived or died is charged with attempted murder, according to court records.

Besides attempted murder, Henry J. Griffin Sr., 23, of 225 N. Locust St. in Hagerstown, is charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and second-degree assault. Court records show he also faces counts of second-degree assault and other charges in other cases.

Griffin is accused of attempting to strangle the woman in her bedroom in the 1300 block of Salem Avenue on Feb. 6, according to an application of charges written by the victim.

The victim wrote that Griffin wanted to know whether she had been having sex with other people, and he allegedly threatened to kill her. She also wrote that he was wanted for previous assaults against her, according to the document.

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Court records show Griffin's bail was set Monday at $500,000, and a deputy at Washington County Detention Center said a man with the name "Henry J. Griffin" was in custody Monday night.




Two charged in Roy Rogers robbery



One of two men who resembled witnesses' description of a pair of robbers at Roy Rogers allegedly told police he was just following the other suspect, according to a charging document.

Richard A. Ramos, 40, of 242 1/2 N. Locust St. in Hagerstown, is charged with robbery, theft of less than $500 and conspiracy to commit robbery, while Darryl Lamont Joyner, 46, of the same address, is charged with robbery, second-degree assault and theft of less than $500, according to the document.

When police initially confronted Ramos, he told them, "I didn't do anything, and I don't know anything about a robbery," according to the document. Police had not told him they were investigating a robbery, according to the document.

A man who was using the urinal Sunday at Roy Rogers on North Burhans Boulevard told police one man grabbed his wallet, while a second man stood lookout, according to the document. After the one man took about $42, both men fled, according to the document.

Police found two men who resembled the victim's and witnesses' descriptions at Zipper's, according to the document.

A deputy said Tuesday both were at the Washington County Detention Center.




Man charged with assault in stabbing



A man charged with first-degree assault after a stabbing on West Franklin Street told police the victim demanded money and lunged at him, according to a charging document.

Anthony T. Burgess, 25, of 106 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, is charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and concealing a dangerous weapon, according to court documents.

A cell phone registered to Burgess was used to call police after the stabbing. Burgess told police he didn't know he had cut the victim, according to the document.

Police who responded to a report of a fight between a male and female in the 100 block of West Franklin Street on Sunday about 3:30 a.m. found a man with a single stab wound to the lower left side of his abdomen. The victim, who was taken to Washington County Hospital, told them he had been stabbed by someone known as "Ant," according to the document.

Burgess was arrested in the 100 block of North Potomac Street after police saw him walking down the alley. When police patted down Burgess, they found a 7-inch long knife, according to the document.

Burgess allegedly told police the victim, who was with a woman, approached him and demanded money, then lunged at him when he refused to give the couple anything, according to the document.

Burgess told police he ran, but the victim followed him and approached him from behind. Burgess then allegedly swung the knife, poking at the victim after losing his balance when he tried to dodge a punch from the victim. Burgess said the victim tried to chase him as he ran toward his home, according to the document.

Burgess was being held at the Washington County Detention Center, a deputy said. Court records show his bail was set at $150,000.

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