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Police briefs

August 31, 2010

Police probe armed robbery, assault



The Hagerstown Police Department on Tuesday was investigating an armed robbery and assault Monday night in the 1100 block West Church Street.

Shortly before 11 p.m., officers were called to Wakefield Road for a report of a robbery and interviewed two victims, police said. The victims said they were walking on West Church Street near Alexander Street when they were approached by a man who asked them for a cigarette, police said.

One of the victims said "no" and they continued walking, but the man grabbed one of them from behind by the hair and pulled the victim to the ground, police said. The man put a knife to the victim's throat and told the other victim to give him money and cigarettes, police said.

The second victim dropped cigarettes and a checkbook while the man searched the other victim's pockets, police said.

The second victim fled and called 911, police said. The man released the first victim and fled east on West Church Street, police said.

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One victim had minor neck injuries, police said.

The man was described as black with a stocky build, in his 30s and between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, police said. He was wearing a white T-shirt, dark khaki shorts and a dark baseball cap, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Hagerstown City Police Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

Motorcyclist flown to hospital from accident scene



FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. -- A motorcyclist was flown from the scene of an accident Tuesday morning by helicopter, a Franklin County 911 dispatcher said.

The accident involving the motorcycle and a pickup truck occurred on Stump Road at 7:58 a.m., the dispatcher said.

Pennsylvania State Police and Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Co. emergency medical personnel went to the scene, the dispatcher said.

Pa. police investigate allege theft of checks



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday were looking for two people who they allege stole five checks from their grandparents.

Warrants have been issued for Brooke Ann Bumbaugh, 23, and Ryan Robert Roberts, 31, both of Waynesboro, Pa., for felony theft by deception, misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking and misdemeanor forgery, according to a news release from state police.

State police said five checks were stolen from a 77-year-old woman and a 79-year-old man at the end of July. The checks were stolen from Park Street in Mont Alto while Bumbaugh and Roberts were staying with their grandparents, state police said.

The suspects wrote out five checks to themselves and forged the names of the grandparents, police said.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Bumbaugh and Roberts may call state police at 717-264-5161.

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