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Baptiste faces more charges

July 17, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man being held at the Washington County Detention Center on charges stemming from a home invasion robbery faces new charges, including attempted murder, in connection with two robberies late last year, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Police served Stephen Henry Baptiste Jr., 18, whose last known address was on Broadway, with a Washington County grand jury indictment Tuesday in connection with an armed robbery and throat slashing incident in December near Randolph Street. He also is charged in the indictment in connection with an armed robbery at a Frederick Street liquor store on Oct. 30, 2002, police said.

The charges against Baptiste include attempted second-degree murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, theft under $500, conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the Randolph Street incident, according to police.

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Police allege Baptiste, who was 17 at the time, demanded money from a 17-year-old Hagerstown girl on Dec. 11 in an alley off the first block of Randolph Avenue. Although the girl gave cash to Baptiste and a second person, Baptiste produced a knife and cut her throat, police allege.

The girl was treated at Washington County Hospital.

Baptiste also faces charges of robbery with a deadly weapon, general robbery, first- and second-degree assault, theft under $500, malicious destruction of property and conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with an Oct. 30 armed robbery at Roxy Liquors in the 200 block of Frederick Street, police said.

Police allege that Baptiste pistol-whipped the 65-year-old clerk, attempted to tie the clerk up and took money from the cash register.

Hagerstown Police Lt. Rick Johnson said Russell Nelson Younker, 18, faces charges in the Roxy Liquors robbery.

Baptiste was being held Thursday in the Washington County Detention Center on $730,000 bond on four sets of charges, a detention center spokesman said.

Baptiste already was being held on charges he entered a residence in the first block of Broadway on Dec. 12 with two men, including Younker, and allegedly robbed three people inside at gunpoint, according to Johnson. Johnson said Younker also was charged in the incident.

Younker was being held Thursday in the Washington County Detention Center on $500,000 bond in the alleged home invasion robbery, a detention center spokesman said.

Johnson referred to Baptiste and Younker as "associates."

Johnson applauded the efforts of the the detectives who spearheaded the investigations.

"Detectives (Shane) Blankenship and (Chris) Kayser worked extremely hard," Johnson said. "Their diligent work are the reasons why the charges were written up."

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