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Suspect with criminal record charged with robbery

A 51-year-old suspect with a lengthy criminal history was taken into custody in Baltimore recently after he was accused of robbing victims of cash. He faces several charges, including assault and robbery of two workers at a local medical facility and other crimes. He was held with no bail.

Law enforcement personnel are still looking over security camera footage as the crime may be connected to another robbery. The suspect's wife insisted he has been set up by law enforcement personnel as she claims that he was at a court-ordered substance abuse program when the crimes at the hospital occurred. She believes he is being accused for the crime because of his criminal background. Personnel at the drug treatment program were unavailable to confirm or deny his presence at the time of the crimes. 

The defendant's prior convictions include armed robbery and burglary in 2004. A judge labeled him a "public nuisance" and sentenced him to a 20-year sentence for the robbery, which was suspended. He received 15 years in prison with 10 years suspended for the burglary. However, his wife asserts that he was falsely accused of those charges as well.

In addition, the defendant has two additional prior convictions for possession of burglar's tools in 2010 and for attempted burglary in 2012. He was charged with probation violation in both of those cases on Jan. 18.

The defendant might benefit from the services of a criminal defense lawyer because of the new charges he is accused of due to the recent alleged robbery. The lawyer might be able to investigate the validity of his wife's claims regarding his whereabouts and may then attempt to negotiate a plea agreement and combine the probation violation charges with the new crimes in order to reduce the possible sentence he faces.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Man arrested in connection with hospital robbery," Ian Duncan, March 2, 2013

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