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Robbery hearings postponed

June 12, 1998

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Preliminary hearings for two teenagers charged in the robbery of a Hamilton Township family were postponed Thursday.

Franklin County District Justice Gary L. Carter's office said Thursday no new dates had been set for the hearings for Thomas Johnston, 16, of Jameslee Drive, Chambersburg, and Albert Martinez, 17, of Funk Road, Chambersburg.

Public Defender Robert J. Trambley said Johnston requested the postponement in order to hire a private attorney.

Martinez's hearing was also scheduled for Thursday, but Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson said that was postponed so both could be held on the same day.

Johnston and Martinez are charged with robbery, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, aggravated assault, carrying firearms without a license, criminal conspiracy, terroristic threats and criminal mischief in the June 4 robbery at the Maribeth Drive home of Todd and Kimberly Kopp.

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Both are charged as adults.

Pennsylvania State Police said two armed gunmen forced their way into the Kopps' home, pistol-whipped Todd Kopp and forced Kimberly Kopp to withdraw $300 from an automatic teller machine.

Three children, one of them an overnight guest, were in the house when the robbery occurred, according to police records.

According to court records, Martinez is awaiting trial in July on unrelated charges of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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