Man being held on accusations of committing armed robberies is charged with a fourth heist

January 27, 2012|By DON AINES |

A man already being held on accusations of committing two armed robberies and an attempted armed robbery in Hagerstown this month has been charged with a fourth city heist in December, according to Washington County District Court records.

Sean Eric Scott, 41, of no fixed address was charged this week by Hagerstown police with a Dec. 14 holdup at United Petroleum, 890 Pennsylvania Ave., the court documents said.

He is charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault and theft of less than $1,000, the records said.

Scott previously had been charged with the Jan. 5 armed robbery of Wayne’s Country Store on West Washington Street, the Jan. 6 holdup of 7-Eleven on Salem Avenue and an attempted robbery of Motel 6 on Massey Boulevard on Jan. 7, the records said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher McCormack told Washington County District Judge Dana Moylan Wright on Friday that Scott’s bonds on the other robbery charges and a Dec. 27 theft charge total $1,957,500. Scott’s bond on the most recent armed robbery charges is $500,000.

Troy Antoine Frazier, 50, of Hagerstown, was charged as an accomplice in the Wayne’s Country Store and Motel 6 cases,  records said.

In the Dec. 14 case, a woman went to the door of United Petroleum at about 8 p.m. and asked to go inside to buy cigarettes, according to the application for statement of charges. The door is normally locked at that hour, but owner George Ghassemi let her in, the charging documents said.

As Ghassemi got the cigarettes and the woman went to a cooler to get a soda, a man entered the store and demanded money from him, the documents said. Ghassemi picked up a wooden stick and struck the man, who then pulled a knife and threatened Ghassemi, the document said.

The man grabbed the stick from Ghassemi and struck him several times, knocking him to the floor. Ghassemi, who was bruised and cut from the assault, gave the man between $400 and $500 from the cash register, the documents said.

A surveillance video showed the woman and the man fled the store in the same direction, the documents said.

A source later told police Scott lived with the woman in a North Prospect Street apartment. The woman, who has not been charged, told investigators she did not know Scott intended to rob the store, the documents said.

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