Man charged in carjacking, robbery of teen

Westminster businesses helped police with case


A Westminster man was being held without bail on multiple charges in a carjacking and armed robbery last month outside a Westminster video store, according to Maryland State Police.

The victim, a 17-year-old Westminster resident, had left her Ford Explorer running about 10 p.m. April 30 as she returned a rental to Westminster Video in the Carroll Plaza Shopping Center at Route 140 and Englar Road, police said. When she returned, a man with a handgun confronted her, ordered her into the passenger side and drove off, picking up a second man in the parking lot.

The men drove around Westminster for about 15 minutes, then robbed the woman of less than $20, said Trooper Bryan Pearre. They abandoned her and the vehicle in an alley off Pennsylvania Avenue, near West Middle School, and fled on foot. The woman was not physically harmed.

Using video from a neighboring business, state police investigators worked with Westminster police and businesses to identify the men, said Lt. Terry L. Katz, the Westminster barracks commander. Thursday night, an employee at a West Main Street business alerted police that one of the men was nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue.

"It's a good example of how businesses can cooperate with the police," Katz said.

Jonathan Scott Eyler, 27, of the 100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. was arrested without incident and charged with 18 offenses, including armed robbery, carjacking, first- and second-degree assault, theft, robbery and deadly weapons charges. No weapon was recovered. No other arrests have been made.

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