A Washington County District Court judge on Wednesday ruled that there was sufficient probable cause to maintain charges against a New York man who briefly escaped from Hagerstown police while he was being held last month on an armed robbery charge.
Defense attorney Alex Hutt asked Judge Mark Thomas to drop armed robbery, robbery, assault and felony theft charges against his client, Kristopher Lawrence, 26, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hutt said although Lawrence was at the scene of an armed robbery on July 16 near East Avenue, he played a passive role by staying back as another acted as the aggressor.
“I do not believe there is sufficient evidence to support armed robbery,” Hutt said.
Washington County Deputy State’s Attorney Joseph Michael countered, saying Lawrence “was there, indicating he was willing.”
Thomas ruled that sufficient probable cause existed to support the charges and move the case to Washington County Circuit Court.