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Pa. man charged in assault, attempted robbery of Hagerstown taxi driver

Driver was cut in neck during incident

December 29, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
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A Pennsylvania man has been charged with assault and other counts after he allegedly cut a taxi driver on the neck Wednesday during an attempted robbery in Hagerstown, city police said.

Joshua Matthew Bean, 21, was charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and attempted theft, Sgt. John Lehman said.

Police Chief Arthur Smith said Bean was arrested at the Union Rescue Mission on Prospect Street shortly after the incident.

“He was staying at the rescue mission,” Smith said.

Bean was being held Thursday morning at the Washington County Detention Center on $75,000 bond, a deputy said.

The passenger had requested that he be taken to the intersection of Salem and McDowell avenues at about 6 p.m., police said. When the driver stopped at the intersection, the passenger demanded money, but the driver did not comply.

Smith said the man used “some kind of cutting instrument” to assault the driver.

“I don’t know what it was,” Smith said of the weapon used in the assault. “It was not a stab wound. It was a cut.”

Smith said the taxi driver was transported to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown to be treated for minor injuries.

— Dan Dearth

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