3 teens charged in shooting of woman Pizza Hut driver was lured to area near Taneytown for robbery, police say

March 01, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Three Taneytown teen-agers who police say shot a pizza delivery woman last week to get money to go to the movies are being held without bond at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Edward F. "Eddie" Sible, 18, Corey A. Coil, 19, and Leo "Joey" Brandenburg, 17, who was charged as an adult, were arrested Thursday. State police charged them with attempted murder, first-degree assault, attempted armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted robbery and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Pizza Hut driver Linda D. Bond, 47, of Westminster remains in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

Police said Bond was shot about 9 p.m. Feb. 20 along a dirt lane DTC off Roops Road, about five miles from Taneytown in northern Carroll County.

Investigators believe Bond was lured to the remote location by someone who called in a false order. Two men who had hidden in nearby bushes approached her car, which was moving slowly, police said.

When Bond saw them and started to drive away, one man began shooting through the side window of her Toyota, police said. Police said he fired three shots with a .22-caliber pistol.

At least one of the bullets struck the woman in the shoulder area and traveled down, lodging behind her liver, according to police.

Despite the wound, Bond drove back to the Pizza Hut in Taneytown, where co-workers called for help. Police said Bond told them she had seen a small car with its lights off and a pickup truck before she was shot.

A break in the case came Thursday, police said, when a Taneytown resident called with the name of the driver of a small car that was seen in the area the night Bond was shot.

The driver of the car was identified in charging documents as Melissa Reddinger. Cpl. Ronald Cullison of the Westminster barracks located her by telephone in Florida.

The court documents said Reddinger is returning from Florida and has cooperated with investigators. She has not been arrested or charged.

"Our investigation is continuing and additional arrests are possible," Capt. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman, said yesterday.

According to the charging documents, the three teen-agers decided to rob a pizza delivery driver because one of them did not have enough money to go to the movies with his friends.

"We are thrilled with the work state police did to make the arrests," said Brian Roche, a spokesman for the pizza chain, which had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who shot Bond.

Roche said Bond had been a driver for the company about 18 months. He said she had children, but declined to provide additional information.

Pizza Hut employees in the Taneytown restaurant said they were not permitted to discuss the incident.

Pub Date: 3/01/97

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