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Hagerstown man wanted in TekFlash robbery turns himself in

Lamont Cortez Hardman is charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment and theft under $10,000

December 06, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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A Hagerstown man wanted in the Nov. 15 robbery of the TekFlash computer repair store turned himself in to police and was being held on $125,000 bond Thursday after a bond hearing in Washington County District Court.

Lamont Cortez Hardman, 41, of 321 A N. Locust St., is charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment and theft under $10,000 in the holdup at the business at 61 1/2 E. Franklin St., according to court records.

Hagerstown Police went to TekFlash shortly before noon and interviewed the alleged victim, who said he was working when a man came in and asked him for $125 up front to sell two laptop computers, according to the application for statement of charges. The man had been in the store the previous day to inquire about selling the computers, the document said.

The victim told the man he did not have cash and the man left, although he returned two or three times over the next hour or so, the charging document said.

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The last time the man returned, he had his right hand in his coat pocket and directed the victim to the basement, the charging document said. The victim told police he believed the man had a gun, the document said.

The man tied the victim’s hands behind him with rope, although the man later was able to untie himself, the charging document said.

When the victim checked the inventory, he found three laptop computers and $60 missing, the charging document said.

Before the robbery, the man had called the business, which gave the police a telephone number, the charging document said.

The number was to a cell phone owned by Hardman’s wife, from whom he was separated, the charging document said. He returned the phone to her the day after the robbery, the document said.

The robbery was caught by a store surveillance camera, the document said.

Shown a photo array that included Hardman’s picture, the victim indicated he believed Hardman was the robber, the charging document said.

Hardman was held without bond before the hearing Wednesday before District Judge Mark D. Thomas.

Hardman was in Montgomery County when he learned he was wanted and turned himself in, Assistant Public Defender Brian Hutchison told Thomas.

Court records showed he was committed to the county detention center Tuesday.

“I don’t have the time to go over his criminal record,” Assistant State’s Attorney Arthur Rozas said Wednesday. “It’s extremely long. He’s a professional criminal.”

Maryland Judiciary Case Search showed 56 circuit and district court entries for Hardman since 1989, mostly in Montgomery County.

A summons was issued for Hardman in Washington County on Nov. 28 on credit card theft and theft scheme charges, court records said. The offenses allegedly occurred Nov. 8, court records said.

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