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Crime Watch - Oct. 21

October 20, 2011

Three suspects assault, try to rob walker in city

Three young men assaulted and attempted to rob another male last week at Potomac Avenue and Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown, city police said.

The victim was walking in the area about 6:45 a.m. on Oct. 14 when three black males demanded money from him, said Detective Sgt. Jim Hurd of the Hagerstown Police Department.

The victim refused, and a struggle ensued. The assailants did not get any money from the victim and fled the scene, Hurd said.

Two of the attackers in the strong-armed robbery were described as being about 5-feet, 10 inches tall and the third was slightly shorter, Hurd said. All three of the attackers were  described as being in their late teens to their early 20s and having thin builds.



City police investigate identity theft complaint

City police responded to a complaint of identity theft last week when someone tried to open an account in the victim's name at a financial investment company in Hagerstown.

The Oct. 14 complaint from the resident in the 1400 block of Oak Hill Drive stems from a call that the victim received from the Charles Schwab investment company, said Detective Sgt. Jim Hurd of the Hagerstown Police Department.

Schwab officials told the victim that someone tried to open an account in the person's name. Some of the victim's personal information was used in the process, Hurd said.



Resident victimized in familiar lottery scam

A Hagerstown resident was the victim of a lottery scam last week, city police said.

A resident of the 1100 block of Fairview Road was contacted on Oct. 14 by someone about being the winner of a lottery prize, said Detective Sgt. Jim Hurd of the Hagerstown Police Department.

In such scams, which are common, the victim is requested to send money to secure the winnings, Hurd said.

The victim in this case paid the money, but there were no lottery winnings, Hurd said.

— Dave McMillion

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