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Two teens admit to charges of attempted theft in cab incident

Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered them to remain on community detention until Feb. 1

January 18, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

Two juveniles accused of attempting to rob a cab driver last year admitted to misdemeanor charges of attempted theft Wednesday in Washington County Juvenile Court.

The boys, ages 15 and 16, were among four juveniles picked up by the cab driver at the Hagerstown YMCA on Nov. 25, Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell told Judge Donald E. Beachley.

When the cabbie took them to an address on Mapleleaf Court, one of the juveniles tried to pay the $11.50 fare with $3 in U.S. currency and a Mexican bill, he said.

The cab driver objected, and one of the juveniles tried to grab the $3 and started punching the driver, Kessell told the judge. Another juvenile also punched at the driver, and the other two juveniles ran from the taxi, he said.

Washington County Sheriff's Office investigators found a juvenile had left a key chain in the cab that had membership cards on it, including one from Game Stop, Kessell said.

The cards were traced to a juvenile who was interviewed, and police eventually found the two juveniles who allegedly assaulted the cab driver at the Valley Mall, he said.

The cab driver identified the juveniles as the ones who tried to rob him, Kessell said.

Both of the juveniles spent time in the Western Maryland Children's Center following the incident, but were later released on community detention, their attorneys said.

Beachley ordered them to remain on community detention until Feb. 1. He also ordered a predisposition investigation to be done before they appear in court on Feb. 15.

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