On Aug. 8, a 19-year-old Columbia resident pleaded guilty to armed robbery and conspiracy arising out of an incident that occurred in March. Three other teens, ages 16 and 17, were accused of the alleged attempted murder of a taxi driver. All four of the accused individuals were attending Oakland Mills High School at the time.
On March 1, a taxi driver reportedly contacted police at approximately 10:45 p.m. The driver claimed that he had picked up four young men in Columbia to take them to a party. One of the passengers allegedly told the driver to stop the vehicle. The driver claimed that one passenger choked him with a karate belt. When another teen allegedly pulled a weapon, the driver pressed the accelerator and drove into a tree, which caused the airbags to deploy. The driver then disengaged himself from the vehicle and ran to a nearby residence. Police later allegedly found a karate belt, a pair of glasses, a small amount of cash and two BB guns in the cab. Police allegedly located the accused through the use of cellphone records.
All four youths were charged as adults. The other three teens have pleaded not guilty and await trial on charges of attempted murder, armed robbery and assault. Their trials are scheduled to occur in September. The man who pleaded guilty will have a court appearance in November to be sentenced on the charges.
When a person is accused of committing a crime, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to assist. It may be possible to negotiate a deal if one accused person is willing to work with police. It may also be possible to seek reduced charges if the person is willing to plead guilty.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Columbia teen pleads guilty in assault of cab driver ", Luke Lavoie, August 12, 2013