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Hagerstown men charged in robbery of delivery driver

June 13, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- Three Hagerstown men have been charged in the May 27 armed robbery of a Domino's Pizza delivery driver in the 11400 block of Englewood Road, Washington County District Court records show.

Daniel Lee Gower, 20, of 17826 Sherman Ave.; Kristopher Allen Ferris, 18, of 18043 Mason Dixon Road; and Joshua David Manning, 18, of 18043 Mason-Dixon Road, have each been charged with armed robbery and other charges in the incident, court records show.

The driver was delivering an order to 11459 Englewood Drive at about 11:30 p.m. and was approaching a man she thought was her customer when two other men appeared from behind a tree, Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator David Sanders wrote in charging documents.

One of the men was wearing a red handkerchief over his face and showed a handgun, Sanders wrote. That man told the driver to "get on the ground and don't look or I'll shoot you," Sanders wrote. The driver lay down, and the man with the handkerchief took $97.91 from her pockets, Sanders wrote.

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The man the driver thought was a customer also lay down, and the man with the handkerchief took something from him, Sanders wrote.

The two men searched the driver's car and stole pizza and soda worth about $42, then ran away, Sanders wrote. The man she thought was a customer got up and ran away with them, Sanders wrote.

Shortly after the robbery, deputies saw Ferris walking in the area, missing one of his shoes, Sanders wrote. Ferris later admitted he was involved in the robbery and gave a statement that he placed the order and pretended to be the customer, Sanders wrote. Ferris said that Gower came up with the idea to scare a pizza person and steal the pizza, Sanders wrote.

A fourth person stayed in a vehicle during the robbery, Sanders wrote.

Gower, who was identified as the man with the handkerchief, faces 10 charges, which include armed robbery, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and theft of less than $500.

Manning faces 10 charges, including armed robbery, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and theft of less than $500.

Ferris faces seven charges, which include armed robbery, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, theft of less than $100 and making a false statement to an officer.

Gower was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $150,000 bond Thursday, a Detention Center spokeswoman said. Ferris was being held on $25,000 bond, she said. Manning was released on $25,000 bond, court records show.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Ferris on June 26, Manning on July 1 and Gower on July 8, court records show.

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