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Three Hagerstown men being held in home-invasion robbery

July 06, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

Three men were being held in the Washington County Detention Center Friday on allegations that they took part in a home-invasion robbery early Thursday morning in Hagerstown.

A Hagerstown police officer was patrolling Main Ave. at 2:20 a.m. when a woman waved him down and said her home had just been broken into, according to the statement of probable cause.

The woman pointed to a car across the street in an alley and said the men who broke in were in it, the charging documents said. Several males then got out of the car and ran, the documents said.

The officer caught one man, identified as Nicholas St. Clair Davis, 27, of 91 Manor Drive, Apt. 203, the documents said. The woman told the officer that Davis was armed with a gun when he entered her home.

A Washington County sheriff’s deputy apprehended two other men on Hump Road, who were identified as Roman M. Hairston, 19, of 18120 Sky View Lane, Hagerstown, and Thurston M. Christian IV, 20, of 1002 W. Irvin Ave., the documents said.

The woman did not recognize Hairston, but alleged that Christian was one of the intruders, the documents said.

The woman told investigators she was asleep when she heard a door open and thought it was her sons returning home. Davis came into the room where she was sleeping and demanded money, while holding what appeared to be a handgun, the documents said.

The woman said she told Davis, Christian and another unknown man that she had no money, and they ran from the house to the car.

Davis, Christian and Hairston refused to identify the fourth man, the documents said.

A weapon found in the car turned out to be a BB pistol.

Hairston told police he was the driver of the car and that he never entered the house, the documents said.

All three were charged with armed robbery, first- and fourth-degree burglary, use of a firearm in a crime of violence and robbery, court records said.

At bond-review hearings on Friday, Judge Dana Moylan Wright declined defense attorney requests to reduce the bail on the suspects.

Davis was being held on $150,000 bond; Christian on $125,000; and Hairston on $30,000.

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