A Baltimore man who was already in police custody after being accused of auto theft is now facing additional criminal charges. According to a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department, the 19-year-old man allegedly confessed to participating in an armed robbery that occurred on Aug. 13 before the alleged auto theft incident.
According to an account of the incident provided by police, a woman was robbed while she was out running at night in the West Towson area near the intersection of West Chesapeake Avenue and Burnbrae Road. The 18-year-old woman claimed that she was approached by a man who exited a dark colored vehicle and stole her iPod after threatening her with what appeared to be a semi-automatic gun.
A spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department indicated that a warrant was issued for the 19-year-old suspect after the female jogger identified him in a lineup as being one of the men involved in the alleged iPod theft. He is facing several charges, including assault, armed robbery, and using a gun while committing a crime. The suspect remains in police custody, and no bail has been set in the case. The police provided some limited information about the case at a meeting for concerned citizens in the community of West Towson
Individuals who are facing serious criminal charges may need professional help to present a credible defense in a court of law. Attorneys working in the area of criminal law could attempt to educate their clients about their rights under the law and ensure that improperly gathered evidence is not presented at trial. An attorney could also reach an out of court plea agreement with the prosecution that may result in reduced charges or sentencing for the accused.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “City man charged in armed robbery of West Towson runner”, Jon Meoli, September 16, 2013