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Trick or Treat Robbery Case Moves to Circuit Court

A Hagerstown man who allegedly robbed local teens of their Halloween candy at gunpoint appeared in court on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - A Hagerstown man who allegedly robbed local teens of their Halloween candy at gunpoint appeared in court on Tuesday.

It was a rainy day as Jayquon Carter appeared in court for his preliminary hearing. Judge Terry Myers found probable cause to move the case from district to circuit court.

"Essentially the case would then just proceed as any other court date, as any other court case would within in the circuit court since there were felonies that are involved the district doesn't actually have jurisdiction to hear those particular counts," said Sarah Mollet-Gaumer, assistant state attorney.

Hagerstown Police Detective Jason Ackerman, who interviewed the teens, said Carter and two other males approached the group on the 300 block of North Potomac Street and demanded their candy. In court, Ackerman said it was the 15-year-old victim who saw Carter take out a black 6 inch pistol and showed it to the group, and even removed the magazine at one point during the incident.

The State Attorney's Office said they anticipate filing a criminal information, which is the charging document officially moving the case to circuit court.

"That's essentially the charging document in circuit court and after that point a trial date will be set. Any preliminary motion that the state or defense would file those would be filed and the case would proceed in the usual course," said Mollet-Gaumer.

Both the defense and state attorneys said this is an ongoing case and WHAG will keep you updated as court dates are set and we learn more information.  

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