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Washington County Circuit Court jury finds man guilty of armed robbery

Sean Eric Scott, awaiting trial on three armed robberies, was charged in Motel 6 robbery

December 11, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A man awaiting trial on three armed robberies was found guilty by a Washington County Circuit Court jury Tuesday of an attempted armed robbery of a motel in January.

Sean Eric Scott, 44, no fixed address, had been charged in the Jan. 7 attempted robbery at the Motel 6 on Massey Boulevard.

He has also been charged with the Jan. 5 armed robbery of Wayne’s Country Store on West Washington Street, the Jan. 6 holdup of 7-Eleven on Salem Avenue and the Dec. 14, 2011, holdup at United Petroleum, 890 Pennsylvania Ave., the court documents said.

The man who was charged as Scott’s accomplice in the Motel 6 incident was convicted by a jury in July and later entered guilty pleas to the Wayne’s Country Store and 7-Eleven holdups. Troy Frazier, 51, formerly of Hagerstown, was sentenced to 45 years in prison, court records said.

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On Tuesday, the night clerk at Motel 6 testified that a man approached the night window, stuck a gun through the slot and demanded money. The woman testified she ran into another room and called police.

On cross examination by Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden, the woman said that she could not identify the man and did not see if there was another man involved in the incident.

Surveillance videos were played for the jury that purported to show the Scott and Frazier walking up to the motel and then running away. The videos also showed a view of the night window in which a man wearing a hooded sweat shirt sticks the gun in the window slot.

While it could not be proved whether it was Frazier or Scott who brandished the weapon, Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher McCormack said it indicated that Scott participated in the attempted robbery.

April Rich of Smithsburg testified that Scott was an acquaintance who called her the night of the attempted robbery. She testified she drove to a house on West Church Street and picked up Scott and Frazier.

Scott asked her to drive them to Motel 6 and they got out of the car while she went through the drive-up window of McDonald’s, Rich testified. Scott and Frazier then came back to the car and Scott spoke about a woman being scared and running away, she testified.

Judge Daniel P. Dwyer deferred sentencing until Jan. 22.

McCormack requested and was granted a continuance on the other robbery cases, as well as a charge attempted to intimidate a witness.

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