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Va. man charged with robbing two people who gave him a ride to Hagerstown

One victim struck in head with sawed-off shotgun

July 11, 2013
  • Rhaedrick Darrel Sowell
Washington County Sheriff's Office

A Virginia man was being held on $125,000 bond Thursday on charges that he robbed two people with a sawed-off shotgun at a Sheetz convenience store near Hagerstown on Wednesday night, according to Washington County District Court records.

Rhae’drick Darrel Sowell, 27, of 7601 Cedar Creek Road, Middletown, Va., has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of first-degree assault, the court records said.

Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Sheetz store at 17550 Virginia Ave. at 10:38 p.m. for a report of a man in the parking lot pointing a shotgun at a woman, according to the statement of probable cause.

The man then got into the back seat of a Ford Explorer, the charging documents said.

The man was gone by the time deputies arrived, but a Chicago Bulls cap he was reportedly wearing was found in the back seat, the documents said.

Nicole Saylers and Dustin Skipper, whose addresses were not provided, told deputies they had given a man they knew as “Slim” a ride from Winchester, Va., and that he was to pay them $40, the documents said.

Saylers wanted to use a restroom, and Skipper pulled into Sheetz, the documents said.

As they pulled into Sheetz, Saylers and Skipper told investigators that Sowell “flipped out and pulled a sawed-off shotgun from the backpack he’d brought,” the documents said.

Skipper told police that Sowell then hit him on the head with the shotgun and demanded their cellphones and money, the documents said.

Sayler and Skipper ran into the Sheetz and asked an employee to call 911, the  documents said.

Sowell was detained by police at the Food Lion at 17716 Virginia Ave., just after 11 p.m., the documents said.

Skipper and Saylers were taken to Food Lion in separate vehicles, and both of them identified Sowell as “Slim,” the documents said.

Sowell told investigators that he did not have a gun or a backpack, and that Saylers and Skipper had picked him up to buy drugs in Hagerstown, the documents said.

Sowell told investigators he gave Saylers and Skipper money to buy drugs from a man they were to meet at Sheetz, but the man ran off with the money, the  documents said.

Locked out of the Sheetz store, Sowell told police he went to Food Lion to buy cigarettes, the documents said.

Sowell is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 6, court records said.

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