Girl, 17, indicted in McDonald's robbery

She is employee's twin

man, 20, also charged

May 23, 2002|By Jason Song | Jason Song,SUN STAFF

A Howard County grand jury indicted a 17-year-old girl yesterday after police said she impersonated her twin sister while robbing a McDonald's in Jessup.

The girl and 20-year-old Steven Anthony Thomas, who is accused of participating in the robbery, were each indicted on seven counts ranging from armed robbery to second-degree assault.

Neither the girl or Thomas has a known address, police said.

Police say that about 4:30 a.m. April 29, a girl knocked on the door of the McDonald's in the 7800 block of Pocomoke Ave. in Jessup.

Two employees let her into the building because they believed she worked there, according to court documents.

The suspect's twin sister is employed at that McDonald's, police said.

A male then entered the restaurant with a semi-automatic handgun and threatened employees, investigators said.

The male and the girl took $2,200 from cash drawers and nearly $100 in cash from an employee. They then locked the two employees in a freezer before fleeing, investigators said.

A manager let the employees out of the freezer when she discovered them about 5 a.m.

The girl's name is not being published by The Sun because of her age. The suspects have been held in the county jail since their arrest May 9.

Sex abuse alleged

In another case yesterday, the grand jury indicted a 62-year-old Baltimore man on charges related to sex crimes against a Columbia minor over a two- or three-year period.

The grand jury returned the six-count indictment against Douglas Bower Meigs, of the 500 block of Rossiter Ave. Charges include sexual child abuse and second-degree sexual offense.

Meigs is accused of having sex with the girl from when she was 10 years old to the time she was 12 or 13 years old, according to documents prepared by investigators.

Meigs met the girl on her 10th birthday in 1995 when he was living in Columbia, according to court documents.

The victim's mother noticed that her daughter and Meigs touching inappropriately several months ago.

Although Meigs said that it was simply "rough-housing," the girl told her mother that there had been sexual contact, according to court documents.

When investigators interviewed Meigs in late January, he admitted that there had been sexual contact and that he had taken pictures of the girl.

Meigs was released on $25,000 bond, according to computer records.

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