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Teen enters plea in May home invasion incident

June 27, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

One of three people charged with forcing their way into a Madison Avenue home and pointing a BB gun at the occupants admitted to his part in the home invasion Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

The 15-year-old, of Hagerstown, admitted to one count each of robbery and first-degree burglary. Additional charges were dropped in exchange for his plea Wednesday. Disposition was delayed at the request of his attorney, Elisha Elliott.

The 15-year-old, along with Daniel Keith Edmonds, 17, of 1008H Noland Drive, and Azaniah Blankumsee, 24, of 558 N. Prospect St., Apt. 5, each were charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, general robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, second-degree assault, false imprisonment and theft, police said.

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Edmonds and the 15-year-old also were charged with possession of marijuana.

The juvenile admitted to Circuit Judge John McDowell, sitting in juvenile court, that he and others dressed in black and bought a BB gun in preparation for the robbery on May 27.

They went to a home in the first block of Madison Avenue to rob the occupants of $13,000 they believed was there.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Steve Kessell said the robbers pushed their way into the home and the juvenile pointed the BB gun at the residents and demanded cash.

The gun was said to resemble a .45-caliber handgun.

The robbers searched the home but didn't find any money and fled the scene. They abandoned the BB gun in a trash container at Foxshire Plaza, Kessell said.

He said no one was hurt in the robbery attempt at the home, which was occupied by two adults and three children.

Two people subsequently were apprehended in an alley in the 400 block of West Antietam Street, police said. A third person was apprehended later at an undisclosed location.

A fourth man believed to have driven the getaway car was still being sought, police said.

Police said Edmonds and Blankumsee's cases were forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court earlier this week.

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