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Man faces assault charges in Hagerstown

October 11, 2007

Apparent attempts to retrieve borrowed money led to charges of assault and false imprisonment against a man Tuesday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Sgt. Paul Kifer Jr. said Corey McKenzie Williams, 29, of no fixed address, was charged with first- and second-degree assault and false imprisonment.

Following a bond review Wednesday afternoon, Williams was being held at Washington County Detention Center on $75,000 bond, jail officials said.

Kifer said the incident that led to the charges happened around 1 p.m. at 41 Charles St. A female victim told police she was choked, threatened with a knife and briefly prevented from leaving.

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The motive for the 1 p.m. incident allegedly was money owed, Kifer said.

Police were unaware of the assault until around 5 p.m. Tuesday, when information surfaced that an illegal transaction was going to occur on West Franklin Street, Kifer said.

Agents with the Washington County Narcotics Task Force were informed of that tip and took up positions watching for what was believed to be a drug sale.

Instead, it turned out to be a legitimate transaction over owed money involving the female victim from the assault four hours earlier and another person, Kifer said.

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