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Boy, 16, to be tried as adult in armed robbery

July 30, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

The third suspect in the Jan. 5 armed robbery of the Conococheague Grocery near Clear Spring was waived to adult court Wednesday by Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell.

Joseph E. Hoyle, 16, of Baltimore, has been detained since May 9 at Noyes Detention Center in Rockville, Md. After Wednesday's waiver hearing, he was taken into the custody of Maryland State Police.

A hearing before a bond commissioner will be scheduled, police said.

Two other Baltimore teens previously were charged as adults in connection with the hold-up and more arrests are expected, police said.

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Rodney Allen Wright, 17, and Sam Christopher Hacker, 16, are at the Washington County Detention Center awaiting trial.

Wright had been committed to the Oak Hill House for troubled teens in late 1996 on an unrelated matter. He ran away from the facility on Dec. 31, 1996, and later stole a car, ending up in Baltimore, police said.

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

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.

The charges against the three include 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.

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