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Hagerstown man faces attempted homicide charge

April 09, 2013

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A Hagerstown man is facing multiple criminal charges, including attempted criminal homicide and rape, after allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend in the Borough of Waynesboro home March 16.

Charmar Desmond Drake, 23, of 425 Summit Ave., remains incarcerated in the Franklin County (Pa.) Jail, according to online court records.

Waynesboro police allege Drake punched and strangled the woman, then threw nail polish remover on her face, hair and clothes while flicking a lighter and saying he was going to burn her.

Drake forced the woman to have sexual intercourse, police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause.

The woman reported Drake drove her car to Hagerstown afterward and forced her to join him. There, she went to the Hagerstown Police Department and was transported to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown, according to the affidavit.

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The woman told officers she had previously asked Drake to leave her home, but he refused to do so, the affidavit states.

She went out with friends and when she returned home, she found Drake lying in her bed the afternoon of March 16, the affidavit states.

“He had her cell phone, and her car keys were hanging around his neck. ... She stated that from the text messages Drake was able to figure out that she had been sexually active, and he was furious,” the affidavit states.

The woman said that when he strangled her, she begged him to stop for her children’s sake, the affidavit states.

Police observed the woman had scratches and bruises.

Drake also is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

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