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Local woman's armed robbery case placed on inactive docket

July 06, 2010|By DON AINES

A Hagerstown woman charged with armed robbery had her case placed on the inactive docket Tuesday in Washington County Court when two of the alleged victims failed to show for a motions hearing.

Whitney D. Doleman, 21, of 25 Elgin Boulevard, had been charged with three counts each of armed robbery, robbery, false imprisonment, first-degree assault and second-degree assault, as well as single counts of kidnapping and theft, according to court records. She had been charged with a February home-invasion robbery at a house on Quailbridge Circle, according to the statement of probable cause filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The statement listed three victims, one of whom is now out of state and another who is "eluding our attempts to contact him," Assistant State's Attorney Michele Hansen said. A third alleged victim was in court, but raised no problems with placing Doleman's case on the inactive docket.

"We have a lot of problems with this case," Hansen told Judge W. Kennedy Boone III.

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"Something happened out there, but it's not for me to judge this morning," Boone said.

He told Doleman her case would remain inactive if she has no contact with the victims and commits no other criminal offenses over the next year.

The alleged robbery was reported at 5 p.m. Feb. 15 by a neighbor who told investigators he was approached by a man who said he had been robbed, the statement of probable cause said. The victim told investigators he and two other people were in the house when a woman and three men entered it and demanded money, the statement said.

Two of the victims said one of the people had a handgun, the statement of probable cause said. All three victims were taken to the basement, where the two male victims were tied up with electrical cords and beaten, the statement said.

One of the male victims was taken away by the four people and, at the time the charges were filed Feb. 15, had not been found, the statement of probable cause said.

Hansen said the victim who was taken away is known to be alive and well, but is avoiding authorities.

The two victims who police interviewed knew a woman with the first name Whitney and identified Doleman from a photograph, the statement of probable cause said.

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