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Two teens charged as adults in convenience store robbery attempt

February 23, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

Two Hagerstown teenagers have been charged as adults stemming from a robbery attempt Sunday night in which a gun was pointed at a clerk at a West Franklin Street convenience store, according to court records.

Eric Shaquille Baymon, who turned 18 Wednesday, and Dennis Steven Marshall, 16, have each been charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and using a handgun in the commission of a felony, according to Washington County District Court records.

Baymon, 411 S. Potomac St., has also been charged with possession of a firearm while under 21 years of age and Marshall, 228 Taylor Ave., has also been charged with possessing a regulated firearm while being under 21 years of age and possession of a short-barrelled shotgun, the court records said.

Hagerstown police Officer Derek E. Marshall said in court records that he was patrolling in the West Franklin Street area about 11 p.m. Sunday when he noticed a male crouch down in front of Nadia's convenience store on West Franklin Street.

Marshall said he pulled into the parking lot and saw another male holding a gun to a man's head. He said he saw the suspects flee to Walnut Street then toward Church Street.

Marshall said he went back to the victim, who told him he was closing the store for the night when the incident occurred.

The victim said he was approaching his car when two males came up from behind him and yelled, "Give me your money, give me your money," the court records said.

"When he turned around, the taller male of the two had a gun pointed inches from his (the victim's) face," Marshall said in court records.

The victim said the males were wearing masks or garments over their faces.

Another officer found two males walking on Walnut Street who identified themselves as Baymon and Dennis Steven Marshall Jr., the records said. Baymon was the taller of the two, the officer said.

Assisted by a bloodhound, police searched the Walnut Street area and found a ski mask and a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun that had been reported stolen by the Martinsburg, W.Va., Police Department, the records said.

A further search resulted in the discovery of a Dupont racing jacket, a hooded sweatshirt and a sawed-off, 12-gauge shotgun on a back porch in the 200 block of West Franklin Street, the records said.

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