Teen sent to adult court on charges

April 23, 1997


Staff Writer

A 17-year-old youth - already charged as an adult in the Jan. 5 armed robbery of the Conococheague Grocery - was waived to adult court Wednesday in Washington County Juvenile Court for an earlier escape and car theft from the Oak Hill House.

Rodney Allen Wright Jr. was already being held at the Washington County Detention Center on the robbery charge. A trial date has been set for June 10.

Wright had been committed to the Oak Hill House for troubled teens and on Dec. 31, he stole a vehicle from there and fled to Baltimore.


It was there he allegedly met up with several other youths, stole another vehicle and began a series of alleged robberies and thefts that led them back to Washington County on Jan. 5.

Later than month, Maryland State Police arrested Wright, then 16, on charges of armed robbery, two counts of first-degree assault, using a handgun in the commission of a felony, theft of $2,901, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Wright's bond is $250,000.

Also charged in the Conococheague armed robbery is Sam Christopher Hacker, of 3411 Hudson St., Baltimore.

At least one other youth is still being sought in that crime, police said.

State police said two ski-masked robbers entered the grocery at 14845 National Pike in Clear Spring, displayed handguns to the two clerks and demanded money.

Wright said he was drunk when he escaped from Oak Hill House near Clear Spring.

Police said the stolen vehicle the youths were in was later abandoned in Frederick County and another one was stolen there.

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