AEGIS STAFF REPORT
10:36 AM EDT, April 16, 2013
A 24-year-old Abingdon man is being held on $30,000 bail after he was arrested and charged with committing an armed robbery April 6 at an Abingdon convenience store, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.
"Intense media saturation" of a surveillance video and photos of the suspect are credited by the Sheriff's Office with leading to the arrest of Jason William Foland, of the 600 block of Long Bar Harbor Drive. The video and photos were made available earlier this week and were posted on many Internet sites, including http://www.exploreharford.com.
"As the investigation intensified, multiple media outlets, including Facebook, were posting photos of the suspect in an attempt to close the case," the Sheriff's Office noted in a press release issued Friday morning. According to the release, the Sheriff's Office Facebook page alone had more than 3,000 views of the surveillance video and, on Thursday around 9 p.m., Foland turned himself in, without incident, to detectives at the Southern Precinct.
Foland is charged with armed robbery, theft less than $100 and second-degree assault. He was still being held Tuesday on $30,000 bail at the Harford County Detention Center in Bel Air, according to electronic court records.
"Just set bail as low as possible," Foland said after District Court Judge Susan H. Hazlett asked if he had anything to say during his bail review hearing in Bel Air Friday afternoon. "This one night in jail has hit me really hard."
The judge said that Foland's bail would remain at $30,000.
He is charged in connection with the robbery at 5:25 a.m. on April 6 at the 7-Eleven on the corner of Route 7 and Abingdon Road. Foland allegedly approached the cashier with a knife and demanded money and cigarettes. After receiving both, he ran off toward Route 7.
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