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Five charged in attempted armed robbery at Hagerstown Taco Bell

November 14, 2007

Five people were arrested and charged after an attempted armed robbery outside the Taco Bell on Maugans Avenue on Wednesday, police said.

Maryland State Police said two employees ? one male, one female ? were waiting in the parking lot for a ride at about 12:30 a.m., after the restaurant closed.

Four people who said they had a gun approached the employees and demanded the restaurant's "money bag," police said.

When the employees said they didn't have the bag, someone used a rock to assault the male employee, police said. His wallet and the female employee's purse were taken.

The female employee ran across the street to a gas station, where employees called police.

Police said they were given a description of the robbers' vehicle, which left on southbound Interstate 81.

Troopers said they caught the robbers, who still had the female victim's purse.

Police said charges against the following people include conspiracy to commit robbery, armed robbery, first degree-assault, second-degree assault and theft:

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· Melissa Lynn Breeden, 18, of 3430 Williamsport Pike, Martinsburg, W.Va.

· Daniel Patrick Weedon, 18, also of 3430 Williamsport Pike, Martinsburg,

· Harry Franklin Minnick, 18, of 21405 Mount Aetna Road, Hagerstown

Police said two 17-year-olds ? one from Hagerstown and one from Philadelphia ? will be charged as adults, too, but did not give their names.

Weedon also was charged with possession of heroin.

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