Man accused in attempted kidnapping pleads guilty

November 15, 1996

A Sykesville man accused of the attempted kidnapping and assault of a gasoline station attendant in February pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of false imprisonment and battery.

Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ordered an evaluation of Charles A. Keller, 24, of Bethway Drive and set sentencing for Feb. 10 in Carroll County Circuit Court.

According to state police, Deborah L. Snyder, an attendant at Winfield Amoco, was grabbed by Keller outside Little George's convenience store about 10 p.m. Feb. 17. The store, in the 1700 block of W. Liberty Road, is across from the gas station.

During a violent struggle, the woman punched Keller and clung to a nearby pole, police said. Keller punched her in the mouth and head before she escaped.

Keller fled in a white Ford, which police traced to a Sykesville woman with whom Keller was living. The victim and another witness identified Keller and he was arrested March 7.

Baltimore man is charged in Sykesville store robbery

A Baltimore man was charged yesterday in Carroll County District Court in the robbery of a Sykesville convenience store in March.

Donnell Coles, 30, who is being held on similar charges at Baltimore County Detention Center, will face charges in Baltimore County before being returned to Carroll County, police said. Coles' bail in Carroll County was set at $100,000, court records show.

Coles faces 17 charges, including armed robbery, theft and gun violations, related to a robbery March 25 at the High's Store in the 6200 block of Sykesville Road.

Police said the store was robbed of $138, five cartons of cigarettes and jewelry was stolen from the clerks.

Pub Date: 11/15/96

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