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Hagerstown man charged in robbery in which dog was shot

July 01, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- A man accused of shooting a pit bull in the shoulder during an armed robbery June 4 was arrested Saturday and is being held without bond, according to court records.

Randolph Thomas Johnson, 41, of 14554 Pennsylvania Ave., also known as Randolph McCray-Bey, faces seven felony counts in connection with the incident, including first-degree assault, armed robbery, robbery and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, Washington County District Court records show.

Johnson was also charged with theft of more than $500, second-degree assault, carrying a handgun and mutilating an animal, according to court records.

The incident happened at about 12:40 a.m. outside a residence in the first block of Wakefield Road, according to charging documents filed by Hagerstown Police Detective Tammy Jurado.

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There were three victims in the robbery, Jurado wrote. The first, Cameron D. Jackson, had been visiting his cousin on Wakefield Road when he went outside to return a cell phone to a friend. While outside, Jackson was approached by a man with a gun, who struck him on the right side of the neck with the gun, then put him in a choke hold, Jurado wrote. Jackson broke free and ran, shouting his cousin's name as he ran past her residence.

His cousin, April F. Keyes, stepped onto the porch. When she saw a man approaching her with a gun, she ran towards an adjacent parking lot, Jurado wrote.

At that point, a third victim, Kevin T. Drake, stepped onto the porch, and the man pointed the gun at Drake, demanded that he hand over his property and grabbed the front of his shirt, Jurado wrote. The man with the gun took $550 and an identification card from Drake's pocket, Jurado wrote.

At that point, a pit bull came out of the residence and the man with the gun shot it, Jurado wrote. Drake jerked away and ran, Jurado wrote.

The pit bull, which was shot in the left, front shoulder, was taken to a veterinary clinic in Frederick for emergency treatment, Jurado wrote.

Johnson was identified through an investigation, and Jackson and Drake were able to identify him in a photo lineup as the man who robbed them, Jurado wrote.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 22 in Washington County District Court.

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