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Five charged in attempted robbery

Taco Bell employee assaulted

Taco Bell employee assaulted

November 14, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY ? Five people were arrested and charged after an attempted armed robbery Wednesday outside a Taco Bell off Maugans Avenue, police said.

Police caught a getaway car on southbound Interstate 81 about 10 minutes after state troopers responded to the robbery call, according to charging documents.

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

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

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

Some of the robbers also hit and kicked the male employee, who later needed six staples to close a head wound, charging documents say.

At one point, a robber said he knew what time the money bag was taken out of the restaurant, mentioning an assistant manager by name, charging documents say.

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.

The robbers had the female victim's purse when they were caught, police said.

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

· 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 juveniles were to be charged as adults. Police did not give their names.

However, the two teens were identified in charging documents and court records as Jason M. West, 17, with addresses in both Philadelphia and Hagerstown, and Christopher Allen Walton, 17, of 736 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.

Weedon also was charged with possession of heroin, police said.

All five were being held Wednesday night in the Washington County Detention Center.

Bond was listed at $250,000 for Minnick and West, $50,000 for Walton and $40,000 for Breedon. Weedon was being held without bond.

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