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Bond set for pair charged in assault, robbery near Hagerstown liquor store

December 04, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
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HAGERSTOWN — A Washington County District Court judge on Tuesday set bond for two men who have been charged with attacking another man Monday night in front of a Hagerstown liquor store.

Judge Mark D. Thomas set bond for Omar Aviles-Rojas, 24, of 29 W. Bethel St. in Hagerstown, at $75,000 during a bond review hearing that was broadcast live on a closed-circuit television feed between District Court and the Washington County Detention Center.

Thomas set bond for 19-year-old Daymein Malik Brown, a second man charged in the crime, at $150,000.

Brown and Aviles-Rojas were charged with one count each of armed robbery, robbery, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, according to a charging summary obtained Tuesday from District Court.

Brown, of no fixed address, also was charged with one count each of second-degree assault and making a false statement to peace officers.

The incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, when the victim tried to walk through a large group of people who were standing in front of a liquor store on West Church Street, according to the statement of probable cause obtained Tuesday from Washington County District Court.

Police allege that as the victim tried to squeeze through the crowd, a man made a comment about the victim being a “snitch,” court records show. The victim then was struck in the back of the head with a glass bottle and fell to the ground.

Officers said the attackers fled when a store clerk came outside, but not before one of them grabbed a Samsung cell phone and five $20 bills from the victim’s pocket.

Police said they observed a 1-inch cut on the back of the victim’s head.

The victim told police that he didn’t know the names of the people who attacked him, but said he recently noticed one of his alleged attackers leave an apartment at 42 East Ave., according to the statement of probable cause. Police went to the home shortly after the incident and heard people inside talking about the assault.

Police said they picked up Brown and Aviles-Rojas as the two exited the rear of the building.

The victim was taken to 42 East Ave., where he identified Brown and Aviles-Rojas as the men who attacked him, the statement of probable cause said.

Police said they found five $20 bills in one of Aviles-Rojas’ pants pockets.

Officers said both men were arrested and taken to the Washington County Detention Center.

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