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Man's bail lowered to $80,000 in weekend assault incident

March 25, 2013

A 30-year-old man was being held on $80,000 bond after being accused of assaulting two men over the weekend in a dispute over marijuana, according to Washington County District Court records.

Joshua Aaron Kershner, no fixed address, was charged Saturday with three counts of simple assault and two counts of false imprisonment, court records said. Originially detained on $100,000, Kershner’s bond was lowered to $80,000 during a bond review hearing Monday before District Judgfe Ralph H. France II.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, Hagerstown police responded to an assault report at an apartment on the first block of East Baltimore Street, the charging document said. A man told police that Kershner and he had been smoking marijuana, the document said.

Kershner took the marijuana from the man, who then took it back from Kershner, the charging document said. Kershner then punched and kicked the man and left the apartment, the document said.

A few minutes after police arrived, a man fitting Kershner’s description was seen on the second floor balcony of the building, the charging document said. The man then walked down a set of steps and walked back into the alleged victim’s apartment, the document said.

Police knocked on the door in an attempt to talk with the people inside, the charging document said. Police did get a telephone number for the cell phone of the alleged victim and an officer communicated with him by text message, the charging document said.

The alleged victim sent a message that Kershner had a knife and was threatening to kill him if he opened the door, the charging document said. Another man in the apartment was awakened by the commotion and later told officers that Kershner also threatened to kill him, the document said.

Kershner would not allow the men to leave the apartment for about three hours, at which time he was caught trying to escape through a window, the charging document said.

— Don Aines

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