WESTMINSTER — A 16-year-old Backwoods Road boy charged with attempted murder will remain free on bail despite an attempt by the county State's Attorney's Office to have the bail revoked, a Carroll judge ruled Friday.
Brian Myers is charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and burglary in connection with a July attack on a Carroll family and a chase with state troopers.
Police said Myers, who is being charged as an adult, and another juvenile held an Old Hanover Road family at gunpoint in July, stole their car and led police on a high-speed chase.
The second youth was charged as a juvenile with armed robbery and burglary, and his casewas handled by the juvenile court.
Myers was in court Friday before Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold on charges that he violated the terms of his bail when he was charged as a juvenile in September with possessing fireworks on Westminster High School property.
Arnold denied a request by the Carroll State's Attorney's Office to revoke Myers' bail because of the infraction but admonished the youth to stay out of trouble.
The charges against Myers stem from an incident that began around 1 a.m. July 28, when two boys broke into the home of Arthur and Janis Lockard.
The intruders took guns from the home andheld the Lockards and their two children at gunpoint. They ransackedthe home and took money from Janis Lockard's purse, court records show.
A scuffle ensued when Arthur Lockard attempted to grab a shotgun from one of the youths. Police said the fighting stopped when the second youth threatened to harm the Lockards' 14-year-old son.
Theyouths fled the home in the Lockards' 1977 Ford pickup truck, court records show.
Two state troopers, Tfc. Philip Henry and Tfc. John Dunn, saw the truck leave and gave pursuit.
The chase continued south on Route 97 at high speed and then east on Route 496, police said. During the chase, the youths rammed the rear of Henry's police cruiser.
The attempted murder charge against Myers stems from the ramming of the police car.
Just west of Route 30, the driver of the pickup truck lost control of the vehicle, which flipped over several times before coming to rest on a nearby lawn.
The youths and Henry were taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where they were treatedfor injuries and released.
State police Tfc. Charlene Jenkins said police believe Myers and the other youth knew the Lockard family before the attack.