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Man faces many charges after 911 call, I-81 chase

July 19, 2008

Hagerstown City Police responding to a 911 call Friday morning from a resident of 420 Clarendon Ave. soon found themselves in a chase on Interstate 81.

When the vehicle was stopped, police took a man into custody for allegedly breaking into his girlfriend's home and threatening to shoot her with a gun that police say he threw out the window of the vehicle before he was pulled over.

Willie Robert Thornton, 24, of no fixed address, has been charged with first-degree assault with a handgun, second-degree assault, first- and fourth-degree burglary, carrying a handgun, and fleeing and eluding police, according to Lt. Mark Holtzman.

He was being held on $200,000 bond Friday night at Washington County Detention Center.

When police arrived at 420 Clarendon Ave. at 9:35 a.m. Friday, Kayla L. Doleman told police her boyfriend, later identified as Thornton, had just broken into her home by pushing in the window air conditioner and that he was armed with a handgun.

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She said Thornton had kicked and punched her around 9 a.m. and also pointed a handgun at her and threatened to kill her.

When he returned at 9:35 a.m., he forced his way back into the residence and then fled in a black Chevrolet Blazer as Doleman called the police.

Responding officers spotted the vehicle on Salem Avenue and followed it onto northbound Interstate 81. Police said they saw Thornton throw what was found to be a .25 cal. handgun out of the vehicle.

Thornton then stopped his vehicle near the Showalter Road exit and was taken into custody with the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

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