Judge raises bail for man charged in assault at mall

September 12, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A District Court judge in Carroll County has increased the bail of a Baltimore County man charged with assault with intent to murder a bystander during an alleged license tag theft in Cranberry Mall.

Judge Lenora Gelfman of Howard County, who was sitting in Carroll District Court on Thursday, raised the bail of John Miner, 23, of the first block of Sacred Heart Lane in Glyndon, from $150,000 to $350,000.

Mr. Miner was charged Wednesday with two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of conspiracy to assault with intent to murder, two counts of theft and one of battery.

court commissioner had set the lower bail, pending a review by the judge the next day.

Mr. Miner is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center.

The charges against Mr. Miner stem from the alleged theft on June 8 of a license tag from a car at Cranberry Mall. Westminster police said they had trouble finding Mr. Miner because he apparently had moved from Taneytown, where he lived at the time of the incident.

Police say Mr. Miner struck a bystander in the face after the man asked him and a companion what they were doing with the license tag.

Police said Mr. Miner's companion, Burton Archie Eyler Jr., 21, of Taneytown, drove a van at the bystander, George E. Wilk 2nd. As Mr. Wilk tried to jump out of the way, Mr. Miner hit him with the passenger door of the van, police said.

Mr. Eyler was arrested and released on bail July 7, records show.

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