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Teen admits to charges of assault, theft and distribution of cocaine

Boy has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in case against Miquan R. Broadus

March 16, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Baltimore teenager admitted to charges of second-degree assault, misdemeanor theft and distribution of cocaine Wednesday in Washington County Juvenile Court and agreed to testify in the trial of a Hagerstown teen charged in a December armed robbery.

The 15-year-old boy admitted to the theft charge in the Dec. 21, 2010, holdup of the 7-Eleven store at 802 Salem Ave. in Hagerstown.

Assistant Public Defender Loren Villa said the boy has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the case against Miquan R. Broadus, 17, whose last known address was 339 S. Burhans Blvd.

Broadus has been charged as an adult with armed robbery, robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, theft, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, first- and second-degree assault and other charges in the 7-Eleven robbery, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Hagerstown Police Department.

City police went to the store after receiving a report of an armed robbery at 2:19 a.m. on Dec. 21, according to the charging documents. A customer and an employee were in the store when two males, one armed with a handgun, entered the store, the documents said.

Another male remained at the door of the store, while one of the two males inside pointed a revolver at the customer and then at the employee as he walked up from the back of the store, the documents said.

The employee was ordered to open the cash register, and the three males left with $96, the documents said.

Villa told Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. that the 15-year-old was the male at the door, which she said was confirmed by surveillance video. The boy was not aware that a weapon would be involved, but did know a robbery was going to take place, she said.

The third male in the robbery, who is not identified in the charging documents for Broadus, has not been charged, Villa told Long.

Broadus was in juvenile court for charges unrelated to the robbery. Those cases were continued, pending the outcome of the adult criminal case.

The 15-year-old also admitted to distribution of cocaine to a Washington County Narcotics Task Force informant on Dec. 29, 2010, and an assault on a Hagerstown male in February.

Long denied a request to transfer the 15-year-old's case to Baltimore City, where he is due to appear in court on a motor vehicle violation next week.

The judge deferred disposition for two weeks, and the boy was ordered detained until then.

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