Westminster man charged in robbery of 17-year-old A...

Carroll Digest

August 28, 2002

Westminster man charged in robbery of 17-year-old

A Westminster man was charged yesterday with robbing a 17-year-old at knifepoint while they waited in an alley behind a West Main Street bar where the accused man's elder brother was to buy the victim beer, Westminster police said.

Keith Edward Spicer, 19, of the 600 block Geneva Drive was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bail, charged with armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault and theft of less than $500 and a deadly weapons charge, authorities said.

City police were called about 11 p.m. Monday to Ernie's Place in the first block of W. Main St. Adam Eugene Schmidt, 17, of the 1000 block Fowler St. in Westminster told them that he had been robbed of $60 by someone he knew by his first name, who held a kitchen knife with a 4-inch blade to his chest and demanded money, according to charging documents.

The teen-ager, who was thrown to the ground, was treated for an injury to his left elbow at Carroll County General Hospital, police said. He said he had gone to Liberty Street to pick up the suspect's elder brother to buy him beer, according to the documents. Both are underage to buy beer. He said they went to Winters Street behind the bar, where the robbery occurred.

A suspect was arrested about 2:30 a.m., authorities said.

Fires set in 20 junked cars at Mount Airy business

Fires were set early yesterday in the passenger compartments of several junked automobiles at a Mount Airy auto-parts business, the third fire there in the past year, according to the state fire marshal's office.

The blaze at 3:19 a.m. occurred at Auto Parts Exchange in the 3900 block of Twin Arch Road and caused about $10,000 damage to 20 salvaged vehicles, investigators said. About 40 firefighters from five companies in Carroll, Howard and Frederick counties brought the fire under control in an hour.

Investigators asked that anyone with information about suspicious people in the area call the fire marshal's office in Sykesville at 410-552-0154, or the Arson Hot Line at 800-492-7529, said Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Duane Svites.

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