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Men taken into custody after standoff near Fairgrounds Park

Men taken into custody after standoff near Fairgrounds Park

October 15, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- Residents on Medway Road found themselves on the front line of a police incident Thursday afternoon as officers, some with guns drawn, looked for a wanted man.

Police descended upon a house at 721 Medway Road, near Fairgrounds Park, where the man was inside, according to Lt. R. Reynolds of the Hagerstown Police Department.

The man at first did not respond to police requests to come out, but he eventually came out of the house and was taken into custody, Reynolds said.

The man was one of two men in the house who were being detained by police Thursday night, Reynolds said.

One of the men, Roger L. Prophet, no age or address available, was charged on an outstanding warrant through the U.S. Marshals Service, Reynolds said. Reynolds declined to say what the charges against Prophet were.

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Medway Road is between Brookline Avenue and Pangborn Avenue on the east end of Hagerstown.

Reynolds said the incident started when a narcotics task force officer spotted a possible wanted man near Park Place. Two Hagerstown Police officers responded and found a Lincoln Navigator, which stopped. But the vehicle left and police began looking for the vehicle in the area, Reynolds said.

The Navigator was found at 721 Medway Road, Reynolds said.

From an alley near the scene, Martha Wilson peered over at the house where police had gathered.

Wilson, who lives on nearby Park Road, said her daughter lives on Medway Road and Wilson said she was going to check on her daughter when the events began to unfold.

Wilson said a police officer told her to go back in her house.

"They all had guns drawn on this house," Wilson said.

Tony Grimes, who lives on Medway Road across from the house where police gathered, said an officer told him to leave his house.

Grimes said he went inside and told his girlfriend what was happening. The couple got their dogs inside the house and locked the doors.

Grimes said the incident took him by surprise.

Grimes said a couple in the area were the victims of a robbery last August. Someone went into the house during the day and stole cash and jewelry.

"Other than the robbery, it's quiet up here. I'm really surprised," Grimes said.

After the men were apprehended, police officers inspected a gray Lincoln Navigator parked along an alley behind 721 Medway Road.

What appeared to be a large plastic traffic cone was jammed under the vehicle.


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