Teen bound over on charge of invading home, robbing it

February 17, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A borough teenager charged in a home invasion robbery was ordered bound over for trial during his preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Jeffrey Thompson, 18, of 362 E. Washington St., is charged with five counts of robbery and one count each of criminal conspiracy and burglary in connection with the May 22, 1998, robbery at the home of Shaun Washburn, 300 S. Second St.

"We were watching a basketball game and two men walked in with guns," Washburn said during the hearing before District Justice Gary L. Carter. She said the masked men entered the apartment through an unlocked back door.

Two days later, Washburn was sitting at a stop light when she saw one of the robbers in another car and took down the license plate number, she said.


Washburn said she recognized the man in the car from "his eyes."

Detective Matthew Cody said Washburn and another victim, Donald Teasley, identified Thompson in a photo lineup on June 3. A third victim, Takiyah Exum, of Chambersburg, failed to pick out Thompson, Cody said.

Washburn said the men were armed with a shotgun and a handgun. They taped the wrists and ankles of the victims and searched the apartment, stealing about $200 in cash, she said.

They also searched the pockets of the victims, she said. Borough police filed one count of robbery for each adult victim in the apartment.

Assistant Public Defender David R. Yoder and police said the second robber has never been found.

Thompson is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Court for mandatory arraignment on March 31.

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