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Man and sister charged after break-in on Merrbaugh Drive

June 12, 2010

Police officers chased and caught a man Friday who was accused of breaking into a woman's house, assaulting her and refusing to let her go, Hagerstown Police said.

Police said Perry Lee Tasker Jr. ran from officers who responded to a call for help on Merrbaugh Drive shortly after 5 p.m. Friday.

Tips from the public helped officers find Tasker near Hellane Park. He was caught while trying to get into a vehicle being driven on Nottingham Road, police said in a news release.

Maryland State Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Office helped Hagerstown Police on the call. A state police helicopter and a sheriff's department K-9 unit assisted in the search for Tasker, 29, of Fayetteville, Pa.

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Tasker was charged with robbery; first- , third- and fourth-degree burglary; false imprisonment; first- and second-degree assault; theft; and other counts.

Police said he also was served with two previous outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Police said Tasker and his sister, Keisha Yazmene Tasker, 30, also of Fayetteville, broke into the home of a woman with whom Perry Tasker has a child.

Perry Tasker told his sister to take a TV from the home, while he took an item of jewelry from the woman, police said.

When police arrived, the woman broke free and ran to the officers.

Keisha Tasker was stopped by a sheriff's deputy while driving around West Washington Street and Mont Valla Avenue, police said.

She was charged with theft, and first- , third- and fourth-degree burglary.

The stolen property was recovered.

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