Two held hostage after robbery in Hagerstown

October 30, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A single mother and her child were held hostage in their apartment for about six hours last week by a pair of armed men who had just robbed a bank, Hagerstown Police said Monday afternoon.

Two masked men robbed the M&T Bank branch at 930 Dual Highway on Oct. 22, shot at a Washington County Sheriff's Department cruiser and took a deputy's service weapon before getting away, according to police.

The robbers held the mother and child in an apartment in the Manor Drive area, police said. Neither hostage was harmed, but two weapons - a shotgun used during the robbery and what investigators believe was the deputy's weapon - were shown during the incident, Sgt. Paul Kifer said.

The younger robber left the apartment between 7 and 7:30 p.m., police said. A few hours later, the other robber made the woman drive him from the apartment, police said.


He was dropped off in the 300 block of North Prospect Street around 8:30 p.m., and the woman returned home and called police. The man was last seen walking north on North Prospect Street, police said.

Investigators moved the family and are not releasing the age of the child, Kifer said.

The hostages did not know the robbers, and police didn't know why the robbers chose that apartment, Kifer said Monday.

One of the robbers was described as about 40 years old, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin to medium build, police said.

The second robber was described as in his teens or early 20s, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a heavy build. He had short hair, no facial hair and what was described as a "baby face," police said.

Anyone with information may call police at 301-790-3700. Police are offering a cash reward, the amount dependent on the usefulness of information, Kifer said.

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