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Case continued against man accused of Hagerstown M&T Bank robbery

April 04, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- The local case of a man charged in an October 2007 bank robbery and a November 2007 attempted bank robbery, both in Hagerstown, was continued Thursday by Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell.

A federal indictment against David Wilbert Shanton Sr. was handed up last week, and the state will wait to prosecute Shanton until federal authorities have made their case, Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler said Thursday morning.

Assistant Public Defender Charles Bailey, who appeared with Shanton, did not object to the continuance.

During the October robbery, Shanton allegedly shot at a Washington County Sheriff's Department cruiser and took a deputy's gun. The man had the deputy's weapon during the second robbery, according to police.

Shanton, 53, faces more than 150 charges brought by the state, including armed robbery and false imprisonment.

According to the recently released eight-count federal indictment, Shanton robbed the M&T Bank branch at 930 Dual Highway of $33,888 on Oct. 22, 2007.

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He allegedly fired a shotgun at a police officer responding to the robbery and later held a mother and her daughter hostage at gunpoint for several hours while he eluded police, according to a news release.

The indictment further alleges that Shanton used a gun during an attempted robbery of the Susquehanna Bank branch at 1326 Salem Ave. on Nov. 24, 2007.

Shanton had the deputy's service weapon during that incident, Sgt. Paul Kifer of the Hagerstown Police Department has said.

Shanton was being held Thursday at Washington County Detention Center, but federal authorities were going to take custody of him around the middle of April, Pauler said.

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