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Two arrested in Hagerstown Armed Robbery

August 1st, 2017 by WCBC Radio

State troopers took a Hagerstown man and woman into custody after an armed robbery and a vehicle pursuit Tuesday in Washington County. The accused, identified as Dennis Von Gundy, 26, was the driver of the suspect vehicle. He was taken to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown and is under guard by Maryland State Police. He will be taken into custody upon his release. A passenger in the vehicle, Courtney Miranda Ruppenthal, 18, was also taken to Meritus Medical Center and is in custody at the Hagerstown Barrack. Charges are pending against both suspects.


Shortly before 7:30 a.m. this morning, troopers from the Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack responded to a 911 call for a reported armed robbery at Liberty Gas Station in the 20500 block of Jefferson Boulevard, just east of Hagerstown. The suspect displayed a handgun and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money. Witnesses said the suspect left in a 2008 Honda Accord and traveled south on Robinwood Drive.


A trooper in an unmarked vehicle saw the suspect vehicle within two miles of the gas station and attempted a traffic stop on Medical Campus Drive. The vehicle initially pulled over before driving off again. A four-minute vehicle pursuit ensued with the suspect vehicle and Maryland State Police, with assistance from Hagerstown Police Department and Washington County’s Sheriff’s Office.


The pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle, traveling the wrong way on a one-way alley near Frederick Street and Memorial Boulevard in Hagerstown struck two state police vehicles head-on. The suspect, later identified as Gundy, got out of the vehicle and ran one block before jumping over a wall and falling approximately 12 feet into a concreate storm drainage system.


Washington County Sheriff’s deputies took Gundy into custody. Fire department personnel assisted by hoisting Gundy from the drainage culvert. 

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