A trail of blood on New Year’s Eve led Hagerstown police to the arrest of a man who pleaded guilty this week in Washington County Circuit Court to a pair of holdups at a BP gas station.
Kiley Steven Dusza, 22, no fixed address, pleaded guilty Monday to armed robbery and attempted robbery and was sentenced by Judge John H. McDowell to 30 years in prison, with all but 10 years of the sentence suspended, court records said.
On Dec. 26, 2012, at 1:33 a.m., a man armed with a knife entered the BP station at 1760 Dual Highway, according to the application for statement of charges. The man, who was wearing a black and white mask across his mouth and nose, went into the station’s storage room and took $167 from an employee, the document said.
The man then took a cash deposit bag containing $500, and $320 more from the cash register, the charging document said. The man also stole boxes of cigars and cigarettes, the document said.
A K-9 team tracked a scent to a parking lot in the 1700 block of Edgewood Hill Circle, the document said.
On Dec. 31, 2012, at 1:54 a.m., a man armed with a knife tried to hold up the same gas station, but an employee got into a struggle with him, the charging document said. The employee was able to grab a knife and stab the man, who then fled the store, the document said.
Police found a blood trail starting behind the station at the corner of Redwood and Edgewood Hill circles, the charging document said. The trail was followed to an apartment building at 1743 Edgewood Hill Circle, the document said.
Police found Dusza in one of the apartments with lacerations to his hands, which he said happened when he got into a fight with a man he was trying to steal pills from, the charging document said.
Store surveillance video from Dec. 25, 2012, showed Dusza in the BP station a couple of hours before the Dec. 26 robbery and some of the clothing he was wearing when he was arrested Dec. 31 matched what the man wore in the Dec. 26 robbery, the charging document said.