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Teens face 7 more charges in Pa. robbery

June 10, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have filed seven new charges against two Chambersburg teenagers in the robbing of a Hamilton Township family in their home last Thursday.

Police filed charges Tuesday of kidnapping, unlawful restraint, aggravated assault, carrying firearms without a license, terroristic threats, criminal conspiracy and criminal mischief against Thomas Johnston, 16, of Jameslee Drive, and Albert Martinez, 17, of Funk Road.

Police interviewed Johnston and Martinez Friday and charged them with robbery.

Each was charged as an adult. As a result of the new charges, bond for each was increased from $200,000 to $300,000, according to District Justice Gary L. Carter's office.

According to police, two men forced their way at gunpoint into the Maribeth Drive home of Todd and Kimberly Kopp at about 10:30 p.m. Three children were in the house at the time.

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One gunman took Todd Kopp from the living room to an upstairs bedroom and struck him on the head and arm with a firearm, the affidavit of probable cause alleges.

While one man held Todd Kopp and the others in the house, the other forced Kimberly Kopp to drive to an automatic teller machine near the intersection of U.S. 30 and Warm Spring Road in Hamilton Township, the affidavit alleges.

She withdrew $300 from the machine and gave the intruders $60 from her purse, according to police.

The affidavit alleges the two gunmen threatened to "put a hit on the family" if they called police, then fled the house.

The Kopps said one man wore a dark jogging suit and a bandanna across his face and the other wore a black-and-white camouflage outfit and a bandanna on his face, the affidavit alleges. They were armed with a semiautomatic handgun and an Uzi-style weapon, according to allegations in the affidavit.

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