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Bond nearly tripled for man accused of robbing Wayne's Country Store

Assistant State's Attorney says Corey Anthony Dunbar is a flight risk

February 23, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Corey Anthony Dunbar
Submitted by Hagerstown Police Department

A Washington County District Court judge on Thursday nearly tripled the bond amount for a man charged a day earlier with using a handgun to rob Wayne’s Country Store in Hagerstown.

During a bail-review hearing conducted via closed-circuit TV from the Washington County Detention Center, Judge Mark D. Thomas increased the bond for Corey Anthony Dunbar, 42, of 1653 Langley Drive in Hagerstown, from $250,000 to $700,000.

Police said Wednesday they believed Dunbar was a resident of Prince George’s County, Md.

Washington County Assistant State’s Attorney Mark Boyer asked Thomas during the hearing to increase the bond amount because Dunbar was facing a significant amount of prison time and had a previous escape charge in Montgomery County, Md.

Dunbar was charged with one count each of armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, firearm use in a violent crime, firearm possession with a felony conviction, robbery, reckless endangerment and theft of less that $100, according to the charging summary.

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If convicted, he faces a sentence of more than 110 years in prison.

Police said the incident occurred at about 7 a.m. Wednesday, when Officer Jesse Duffey noticed Dunbar leaving Wayne’s Country Store at 1020 W. Washington St.

“The male (who was later described as Corey Anthony Dunbar) looked directly at my cruiser as I proceeded to drive past the convenience store,” Duffey wrote in the statement of probable cause.

“It should be noted that Dunbar continued to watch me the entire time I was in sight, almost as if he wanted to see what I was doing. Due to the time of day, temperature, and recent armed robberies I thought this male’s behavior to be out of the ordinary.”

After a short time patrolling the area, officers saw Dunbar running from a walkway between the Washington County Commuter lot and Lanny’s Service Center at 1014 W. Washington St., the charging documents said.

“Dunbar ran into the street waving his arms in the air,” the documents said. “A car stopped in the middle of the street as Dunbar approached the passenger side of the vehicle. Dunbar was pulling at the passenger side door handle in what appeared to be an attempt to get into the vehicle.”

The documents said Duffey pulled his police cruiser beside the vehicle and ordered Dunbar to keep his hands where they could be seen. A search of Dunbar revealed that he had “a large amount of U.S. currency folded in half in his right front pants pocket.”

Officers said a clerk at the store alleged Dunbar entered the store with a black handgun in his right hand, walked to the counter and said: “Open the register and take out the money slowly.”

The clerk told police that she gave Dunbar a number of $1 bills that were held together by a paper clip.

The amount was determined later to be $58.

A witness saw Dunbar jump over a chain-link fence with barb wire at the top to the rear of Lanny’s Service Center, the documents said. Police said they found a .380-caliber handgun with seven rounds in the magazine during a search of the area.

The robbery was the second at Wayne’s Country Store in about seven weeks. A man also attempted to rob the business during that same period.

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