Girl, 16, charged as adult

accused of holdup attempt and harboring a fugitive

April 21, 2000|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl was freed on a $5,000 bond late Wednesday after being charged as an adult in connection with an attempted armed robbery in Westminster in February.

Krista Lee Mann of the 900 block of Pine Grove Road in Hanover also is accused of harboring an escaped fugitive previously arrested and charged in the robbery attempt.

Court records show Mann is charged on seven counts: attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery, robbery, harboring a fugitive, harboring an escapee, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to use a handgun to commit a felony.

The robbery charges stem from an incident early Feb. 13. According to court documents, two masked men tried to rob Frances M. Baker, owner of Bradley's Foxbriar Inn, in the driveway outside her home on John Owings Road. The suspects fled after Baker ordered the family's German shepherd to attack, and the dog, barking menacingly, emerged from the garage.

Baker told troopers that one of the men had a gun and had said, "Give me the money from the Foxbriar Inn."

Within three days, investigators arrested Courtenay F. Gross, a former Foxbriar Inn employee.

Gross, 19, of the 1300 block of Silver Run Valley Road in Westminster was charged in the attempted robbery and with possession of heroin. He subsequently was held in a drug treatment facility from which he escaped.

A 15-year-old boy also was charged and turned over to juvenile authorities.

During the investigation, police learned of four guns stolen from Mann's stepfather and said they recovered one, a 9 mm Ruger, in a search of Gross' bedroom.

By Feb. 23, after tracking down the other three weapons, police arrested two juvenile girls on charges of conspiring to commit armed robbery and released them to their parents.

Another adult was arrested in the theft of the weapons and two more adults were arrested on drug charges.

Gross was at large and allegedly was seen with Mann in her car April 10.

Gross was recaptured two days later and held without bail.

After consulting with the state's attorney for Carroll County, Tfc. A. Andrew Eways obtained an arrest warrant to charge Mann as an adult.

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