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Toddler held at gunpoint in Funkstown home invasion

two Hagerstown men charged

July 02, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

FUNKSTOWN -- Two Hagerstown men remained in jail Tuesday afternoon in connection with a Saturday morning home invasion in Funkstown during which a gun was pointed at a child's head.

Mark Anthony Summerville, 23, and Jeffrey Wayne Haynes, 23, each were charged with first-degree burglary, four counts of first-degree assault, theft of more than $500 and other crimes, according to court documents.

Summerville was being held Tuesday in the Washington County Detention Center on $300,000 bail. Haynes was being held on $350,000 bail.

Armed, masked men broke into a home in the 300 block of South Antietam Street in Funkstown, forced a woman to open her safe and stole her prescription pain medication and $500, according to Washington County District Court documents.

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One of the men pointed a handgun at a 3-year-old girl's head, a Washington County Sheriff's Department investigator alleged in charging documents.

Brenda Lee Debow, 48, contacted the sheriff's department Sunday about 4 a.m. and said two armed, masked men had broken into her home. Debow she was in bed watching TV about 2:30 a.m. when she heard her 22-year-old daughter screaming for help from the living room.

Debow said when she ran out of her bedroom, she encountered a masked man who pointed a pistol at her, according to documents. The intruder made Debow open a safe and give him four bottles of prescription medication, including a bottle of OxyContin and a bottle of Percocet, and about $500 in cash.

Court documents allege that one of the intruders threatened to kill Debow and her family if she reported the incident to police.

Haynes once was friends with her son, and was the only person other than family members who knew about the safe, Debow told police. Debow recently bought the safe, and Haynes had helped move it into her bedroom, according to information contained in court documents.

Debow's 22-year-old daughter told police she was watching TV when a man in a mask opened the door and pointed a gun at her. One of the men forced her facedown on the couch while the other went back to her mother's bedroom, according to court documents.

The burglar in the living room struck her in the face and grabbed her around the neck, the daughter told police. The other burglar struck her in the head with his pistol as he ran out the door, she told the investigator.

On Saturday night, Debow told investigators about a voice-mail message she had received earlier that day. She alleged to police that the voice that left the message was Haynes' and speculated that the caller probably thought he was calling her son. In the message, the caller can be heard telling someone that he had "done some crazy (expletive)" and was talking about a lot of pills, according to court documents.

The girlfriends of both Haynes and Summerville said the men were being responsible for the incident, according to Washington County District Court documents.

Both women said the two men bragged about the home invasion.

Investigators found a large amount of medication in Summerville's girlfriend's purse. She said it was the medication stolen during the robbery, according to documents.

Conviction of first-degree burglary carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a first-degree assault conviction carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison upon conviction.

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