Frederick resident convicted of robbing New Windsor store 7-Eleven clerk was forced to disrobe, lie on floor

October 06, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Frederick man who forced a female clerk at a New Windsor convenience store to undress and remain on a freezer floor during a robbery in July 1997 was convicted yesterday in Carroll Circuit Court.

By making an Alford plea, Joseph T. Savage Jr., 40, a former Westminster resident, did not admit guilt but agreed that the state had sufficient evidence to convict him of the robbery.

In a statement of the facts, prosecutor Theresa M. Adams said Savage made off with about $20 from the 7-Eleven in the 2800 block of New Windsor Road on July 17, 1997, and also took about $20 from the victim's pockets.

Before fleeing, Savage forced the woman into a refrigerated room at the back of the store and asked if she wanted him to rape her, Adams said.

When the clerk said no, he told her to disrobe, helped pull off her clothes and ordered her to lie on the floor, Adams said.

After the robber fled, she dressed and called police.

According to police, an informant led them to Savage, and a co-worker identified him as the man in photographs that were taken from the store's surveillance cameras.

In accepting the plea, Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. set sentencing for Dec. 7, after binding the court to a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison with all but four years suspended.

Pub Date: 10/06/98

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