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Man charged in armed home invasion robbery

July 07, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown man was charged Wednesday in a July 2 home invasion robbery on Interval Road in which four people were ordered at gunpoint to lie on the floor of a home, a spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Clarence Dewayne Ferguson, 37, of 222 W. Franklin St., Apt. 2E,  was charged after police searched his apartment about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and found a sawed-off shotgun, marijuana and property stolen in the robbery, according to Cpl. Greg Alton.

Ferguson, who was being held on $250,000 bond Thursday at Washington County Detention Center, later showed up at the apartment, Alton said.

Alton said investigators were looking for a second suspect in the robbery.

Ferguson is charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of robbery, two counts of misdemeanor theft, four counts of first-degree assault, four counts of second-degree assault, and one count each of carrying a handgun and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony or violent crime, Alton said.

The home invasion started at about midnight July 1 when two individuals went to a house in the 700 block of Interval Road, police said. Interval Road runs between Jefferson Boulevard and Medway Road in the east end of Hagerstown.

One of the individuals knocked on the door and the two suspects rushed into the house when the door was opened, Alton said. Four people inside the house were ordered to lie on a floor at gunpoint, Alton said.

Cash, credit cards and wallets were taken from two of the victims, and the suspects fled, Alton said.

Alton said the victims did not know the suspects and investigators were trying to determine why the victims were targeted.

Property stolen in the robbery that was found in Ferguson’s apartment Wednesday included an identification card and a Social Security card from one of the victims, Alton said.

Handgun ammunition also was found in the apartment, Alton said. A handgun was used in the home invasion, Alton said.

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