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Hagerstown man charged with robbery

Police say suspect used an air pistol to hold up gas station

Police say suspect used an air pistol to hold up gas station

October 16, 2007

A Hagerstown man was charged with armed robbery after police said he tried to hold up the Robinwood Liberty gas station with an air pistol Monday, according to court documents.

Bryan Daniel Sirokman II, 19, of 11539 Selema Dr., Apt. 6, confessed to robbing the Jefferson Boulevard gas station, saying he needed money to pay child support, Maryland State Police said in charging documents filed in Washington County District Court.

Sirokman was being held on $250,000 bond. He also was charged with first- and second-degree assault, robbery, attempted theft and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, according to Washington County District Court documents.

First-degree assault, a felony, carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted.

An attendant told police a man in a mask pointed a black handgun at her and demanded money at about 5:50 a.m. Monday, according to charging documents. At that point, another employee emerged from a back room and, noticing the handgun was an air pistol, tried to grab it from the man, police said. The man pulled away and ran, police said.

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Shortly before 6 a.m., a trooper arrested Sirkoman on Robinwood Drive, based on a description, and found a black air pistol, gloves and a yellow rag allegedly used as a mask in Sirkoman's duffle bag, according to charging documents.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 13 in Washington County District Court.

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