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Greencastle, Pa., woman charged in robbery

April 05, 2010
  • Kristene Lee Lattin
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FREDERICK, Md. -- A Greencastle, Pa. woman has been charged in connection with an armed robbery early Sunday at a Frederick, Md., apartment complex, the Frederick Police Department said in a news release.

Kristene Lee Lattin, 23, was charged with two counts each of armed robbery, robbery and theft, one count each of attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery and attempted theft, and conspiracy to commit each of those offenses, police said.

Police were still investigating the identity of another person believed to have been involved in the robbery and a subsequent shooting of one of the robbery victims, police said.

The shooting victim, Steven Ray Beitzel, 20, of Poolesville, Md., was in serious but stable condition Monday at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said.

Police said Lattin arranged to meet an acquaintance and two of his friends in the parking lot of 350 Fieldpointe Blvd. and, when they arrived, Lattin approached their car, but then walked away. Within seconds, a man jumped inside the car and robbed the occupants at gunpoint, police said.

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After getting the money, the man left the car, Beitzel ran after him, and a confrontation ensued, police said. During the struggle, Beitzel was shot one time in the upper torso and the shooter ran, police said.

A friend was driving Beitzel to the hospital when their vehicle was stopped by police, the release said. Officers assisted Beitzel while other officers went to the apartment complex.

A Maryland State Police helicopter transported Beitzel to Shock Trauma, police said.

Officers found Lattin at an apartment in the 700 block of East Patrick Street and took her to police headquarters for questioning, police said. She was later taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, where she was being held on $65,000 bond.

Anyone with information may contact Detective Jorge Garcia with Frederick Police Department at 301-600-1247. Information also can be left via the department's crime tip line at 301-600-TIPS or e-mailed to FPDCrimeTip@frederickmdpolice.org">FPDCrimeTip@frederickmdpolice.org.

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