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Three Hagerstown men charged after robbery at Taco Bell

September 09, 2008

Three Hagerstown men were in custody Tuesday morning following a robbery at the Taco Bell restaurant on Crayton Boulevard near Maugans Avenue, according to Maryland State Police.

In the robbery, reported at 12:07 a.m., three men wearing dark clothing entered the restaurant by breaking a side window and took a female employee's purse. They tried but were unable to enter the assistant manager's office where employees were locked inside, according to Trooper 1st Class Scott Bare.

While troopers and Washington County sheriff's deputies searched the area, other troopers and a Hagerstown Police K9 unit retraced the men's last known travel route, State Police said. The K9 unit tracked the men to a fenced area near Northaven trailer park.

A few minutes later, Deputy Ryan Socks spotted a suspicious vehicle leaving the trailer park and stopped it at the intersection of Haven Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue for an equipment violation, state police said. Two women were in the front seat, two men were in the back seat and a third was lying on the floor in the rear of the car, police said.

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The three men were taken into custody, Bare said.

The men, identified as Darian Michael Brown, 18, of Fairview Road; Jamal Martin Elliott, 18, of Ridge Avenue; and Reginald Dwayne Nevels, 19, of Essex Drive, were charged with burglary, malicious destruction of property and theft under $100, Bare said. Nevels was identified as a former employee at the Taco Bell, Bare said.


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