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Gunmen terrorize Pa. family

June 06, 1998

By LAURA ERNDE

Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two gunmen terrorized a Chambersburg family Thursday night, pistol-whipping the husband and forcing the wife to withdrawal money from an automatic teller machine, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Thomas Johnston, 16, of Jameslee Drive, Chambersburg, and Albert Martinez, 17, of Funk Road, Chambersburg, were charged as adults with robbery and related offenses, police said. Information on the other charges was unavailable.

Each of the boys is being held in Franklin County Prison on $200,000 bail, police said.

At 10:45 p.m. Thursday, two gunmen entered the home of Todd and Kimberly Kopp on Maribeth Drive in the Laurich Hills subdivision west of Chambersburg, police said.

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Three children also were in the home, police said.

The intruders displayed handguns and demanded money. They hit Todd Kopp in the head with their pistols, police said.

One of the suspects ordered Kimberly Kopp into her vehicle at gunpoint and forced her to drive to an automatic teller machine to withdraw an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

The other suspect held the rest of the family at gunpoint in the home, police said.

Before fleeing, the suspects took more money from the home, police said.

The Kopp family could not be reached for comment.

David Showalter, who lives two houses away from the Kopps on Maribeth Drive, said both his family and the Kopp family have lived in the neighborhood of older single-family homes about 10 years.

Showalter said he is familiar with Johnston, who also lives in the development.

The suspects were arraigned before District Justice Gary L. Carter on Friday, police said.

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