Police search Greenbrier State Park area for man involved in theft of car

June 24, 2012|By JULIE E. GREENE |

Five police agencies were involved in an unsuccessful search of the Greenbrier State Park area Sunday morning for a man who was involved in the theft of a Chevrolet Lumina in Hagerstown, and at one point was wanted in connection with a homicide case in Hagerstown, Maryland State Police said.

More than 20 officers were involved in the search because, initially, the lookout call for the man had him matching the description of a homicide suspect, though Hagerstown police weren’t sure whether he was actually connected to the homicide, State Police Cpl. Tim Lease said.

Hagerstown Police Department Lt. Tom Langston said that information changed later Sunday morning — that there is no indication the man for whom authorities were searching was connected to the homicide on Guilford Avenue. Hagerstown police would still like to find and question the man, Langston said.

The search at Greenbrier was called off at 12:36 p.m. Sunday, according to Washington County Emergency Services.

The search, at times, involved a Maryland State Police helicopter, canine units from state police and the Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff’s Office, and a state police tracking team, authorities said.

A report of a stolen car in the 1100 block of Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown was received at 5:56 a.m. Sunday, a 911 supervisor said. Two minutes later, a report of the car being wrecked came in as the car hit a utility pole at Marion Street, she said. Marion Street is off Virginia Avenue, south of Wilson Boulevard.

Hagerstown police took one man into custody, but another man called a cab, asking to be taken to Frederick, Md., the 911 supervisor said.

The man got out of the cab on Interstate 70, atop the mountain, near the county line and the Appalachian Trail, the 911 supervisor said.

Lease said the man was seen running across Interstate 70. That area is near the pedestrian bridge over the interstate.

At one point, police were searching the Appalachian Trail, which runs along Greenbrier State Park, but the focus of the search late Sunday morning was on the state park, the 911 supervisor said.

The man Hagerstown police took into custody after the car hit the utility pole was the driver, Kingston Rashaad Brown, Langston said.

Brown, 32, of Frederick, was charged with motor-vehicle theft and malicious destruction of property, Langston said.

Brown was being held, in lieu of $15,000 bond, at the Washington County Detention Center Sunday morning.

Maryland State Police from the Washington County and Frederick County barracks, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Boonsboro Police Department, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland Natural Resources Police were involved in the search, Lease said.

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