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Bond set at $75,000 for man charged with trying to rob Hancock store

July 22, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- A Washington County District Court judge on Monday set bond at $75,000 for a man who is charged with trying to rob a Sheetz last week in Hancock and discharging a fire extinguisher in the store.

In his decision, Judge Mark D. Thomas said he set bond for Daniel Nathan Robertson, 32, of 1042 W. Lombard St. in Baltimore, at $75,000 because Robertson had a long criminal history.

A check of Robertson's court records showed he has a criminal record dating back to 1993, with charges ranging from indecent exposure to escape.

Charging documents filed in Washington County District Court allege that authorities were dispatched to the Sheetz store at 170 W. Main St. in Hancock at about 10:15 p.m. Thursday and, when they arrived, found Robertson behind the counter with several of the store's employees.

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When a Hancock police officer ordered Robertson to the ground, he grabbed a fire extinguisher, discharged it in the store, then ran into an office and locked himself inside, documents allege.

He surrendered after several minutes, but as police took Robertson into custody, he began kicking and spitting at them, according to allegations in the charging documents. During this time, Robertson is alleged to have said, "I wanted you guys to kill me, somebody please kill me."

He was taken to Washington County Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation, according to documents. Seven people who were in the store also were taken to the hospital to be treated for exposure to the fire extinguisher's chemicals, records state.

Robertson faces seven counts of second-degree assault and one count each of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, malicious destruction of property plus $500, disturbing the peace, theft of less than $100, reckless endangerment and robbery.

If convicted on all counts, Robertson faces more than 95 years in prison and $30,000 in fines, records show.

He is set to appear in court on Aug. 13.

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