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Police arrest two in connection with United Petroleum holdup

December 23, 2011
  • Lee Colby Morton, left, and Neo Pelayo Torrez, right.
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Hagerstown Police on Thursday apprehended two men suspected in the Dec. 16 holdup of United Petroleum at 890 Pennsylvania Ave.

Lee Colby Morton, 38, of 127 E. Lee St., and Neo Pelayo Torrez, 30, of 117 Ray St., were being held without bond, police said Friday.

Police are asking for information about the whereabouts of a third man, Elijah Rendell Herring, 20, of 128 Ray St. Herring is described as black, 5 feet 4 inches tall, and 200 pounds.

A reward is being offered for information leading to Herring's arrest, police said. Anyone with information may call the Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700.

Morton is charged with 24 counts, including armed robbery, robbery, criminal conspiracy, first- and second-degree assault, theft of less than $1,000 and handgun violations, Washington County District Court records show. Torrez faces 18 counts, including robbery, armed robbery, criminal conspiracy, first- and second-degree assault and theft of less than $1,000, records show.

Police said in an earlier press release that three men with guns entered the United Petroleum gas station on the evening of Dec. 16 and demanded cash, then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

It was the second time that week the station was robbed. Police said a man armed with a knife robbed United Petroleum on Dec. 14.

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