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Va. man, grandson charged in Hagerstown M&T Bank robbery

January 10, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A man and his grandson face dozens of criminal charges, including armed robbery and false imprisonment, in an October armed robbery at an M&T Bank on Dual Highway during which 17 people in the bank were threatened with a shotgun.

David Wilbert Shanton Sr., 53, of Winchester, Va., faces more than 150 charges, and his grandson, Kevin Andre Shanton, 17, also of Winchester, was charged as an adult with almost 100 criminal charges.

During the afternoon of Oct. 22, 2007, two masked males robbed the bank at 930 Dual Highway. One of the males later shot at a Washington County Sheriff's Department cruiser and took a deputy's service weapon before getting away.

David Shanton must be held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center, a Washington County District Court judge ordered Wednesday.

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David Shanton was taken into custody Nov. 24 and charged with armed robbery and other crimes in an armed robbery that day at Susquehanna Bank on Salem Avenue, The Herald-Mail reported.

Shanton had the deputy's service weapon during the Susquehanna Bank robbery, Hagerstown Sgt. Paul Kifer alleged Wednesday evening in a telephone interview.

Officers from at least four agencies used helicopters and dogs to search for the males following the M&T Bank robbery Oct. 22. After the robbery, money was scattered in a grassy area between the bank and the parking lot near the Weis market.

Local apartment complexes and Pangborn Elementary School were locked down after the robbery.

A single mother and her child were held hostage in their apartment for about six hours by a pair of armed males, Hagerstown Police said a week after the robbery.

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, Kifer said.

David Shanton had a shotgun in the bank and threatened to kill everyone if they didn't do what they were told, Washington County District Court documents show.

He grabbed one woman and forced her to the ground, police alleged in charging documents.

Kevin Shanton was taken into custody by Winchester, Va., police Dec. 10, 2007, at Handley High School in Winchester.

Kevin Shanton told police he went to Hagerstown to go shopping with his grandfather when David Shanton gave the boy a pair of pantyhose and black clothing and told him "We're going to rob a bank," court records show. Kevin Shanton told police that he was scared, but that he put on the clothing and the two drove to the M&T Bank, records show.

The boy also told police he heard his grandfather threatening to shoot people inside the bank as he waved a shotgun, investigators alleged in court documents.

After taking money from the bank's drawer, the Shantons ran out of the bank and Kevin Shanton dropped all of the money he had taken after the dye pack exploded in the bag he was carrying, according to court documents.

Kevin Shanton also told police about knocking on a door on Manor Drive, forcing his way into the apartment with his grandfather and staying there for several hours while not allowing the woman and her child to leave, documents show.

Kevin Shanton's bail was set at $10,000, according to court records, and he was not being held at the jail Wednesday afternoon, a deputy said.

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