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City man found guilty of robbery

August 31, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man was found guilty Thursday of 10 charges related to the armed robbery of three people in a Broadway home last December, according to Washington County District Court records.

Washington County Circuit Court Judge John H. McDowell ordered a pre-sentencing investigation for Stephen Henry Baptiste Jr., court records state. Baptiste was being held without bond Friday at Washington County Detention Center.

Baptiste had a jury trial Thursday on the Dec. 12 armed robbery. He faces charges in three other cases, including the attempted first-degree murder of a 17-year-old Hagerstown girl, according to court records.

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A jury found Baptiste, 18, guilty of armed robbery, assault in the first and second degrees, burglary in the first degree, theft of less than $500 and the use of a handgun in committing a violent felony, court records state.

In a separate ruling by McDowell, Baptiste was found guilty of the lesser included charges of robbery, assault in the second degree and burglary in the third and fourth degrees, according to the Washington County Circuit Court criminal clerk's office.

The jury found Baptiste not guilty of assault in the first degree, court records state. He was acquitted by McDowell on charges of armed robbery, robbery and theft of less than $500, court records state.

In a separate case, Baptiste is charged with attempted murder in the first and second degrees, armed robbery, robbery, assault in the first and second degrees, theft of less than $500, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, court records state.

Police allege Baptiste cut a girl's throat on Dec. 11 in an alley off the first block of Randolph Street after she handed over money at his demand. The girl was treated at Washington County Hospital.

In another case, Baptiste is charged with armed robbery, robbery, assault in the first and second degrees, two counts of theft of less than $500, malicious destruction of property/less than $500 and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, court records state. Those charges stem from an Oct. 30 armed robbery at Roxy Liquors in the 200 block of Frederick Street, police said.

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

In another case, Baptiste is charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, wearing/carrying a .32 caliber handgun while engaging in a drug trafficking crime and being under 21 years old and possessing a regulated firearm, court records state.

Those charges stem from the execution of a search and seizure warrant at 37 Fairgrounds Ave., Apt. 2W, on Dec. 20 in connection with a criminal investigation of several people being robbed at gunpoint of a large amount of marijuana, according to court records. Police allege Baptiste was found hiding under a bed with a fully loaded .32 caliber revolver within his reach, court records state.

More than 40 bags of marijuana were found in a bedroom baseboard heating unit, court records state.

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