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Man charged in bank robbery a no-show at hearing

April 12, 2010

HAGERSTOWN --A man charged with the Jan. 6 armed robbery of The Columbia Bank branch at 1571 Wesel Blvd. in Hagerstown did not make it to a scheduled motions hearing Monday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Alvie Robert Fairall Jr., 42, of 16911 Shadybrook Terrace, Lot 216, Hagerstown, was to have been in court for the suppression hearing, but no writ had been issued to the Division of Corrections' Central Transportation Unit, Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services spokesman Mark Vernarelli said.

Vernarelli said Fairall was being held at the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore. He is scheduled for trial next month, according to court records.

A man with his face covered by a blue scarf entered the bank shortly after 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6, according to the statement of probable cause filed by the Hagerstown Police Department. The man approached a teller, showed her a black semiautomatic gun and said, "give me all your $50s and $100s," according to the statement.

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Outside the bank, a witness saw a man run from the bank, get into a vehicle and drive away, according to the statement. The witness followed the vehicle and attempted to get the license plate number, the statement said.

Police obtained the license plate number of the suspected vehicle from a surveillance video at Roy Rogers, the statement said. The vehicle in the video was registered to Fairall and his wife, the statement said.

According to the statement, Fairall drove to West Virginia, where he threw the money, the gun and the clothing he wore during the robbery into a river.

Fairall was taken into custody at a motel near State Line, Pa., on Jan. 7, according to the statement.

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