Three Edgewood men have been charged with armed robbery in connection with the mugging of a jogger at gunpoint in Abingdon early Thursday.
The jogger, a 22-year-old man, flagged down police and said he had been robbed by two men who blocked his path on Route 924 near Holly Wreath Drive, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
One suspect ordered him to empty his pockets while the other pointed a gun, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. The victim then ran off and saw a car speed away.
Deputies quickly covered the area and found the vehicle at Route 40 and Old Philadelphia Road. The three occupants were arrested.
The armed robbery occurred at approximately 3 a.m., according to Sheriff's Office spokesperson Cristie Kahler.
"Whenever people are walking or jogging alone, we recommend that they are aware of their surroundings," Kahler said. "Often times people run while listening to music or talking on the phone and that distraction can make then a vulnerable target. Stay in lit areas, run with a partner, let someone know where you are going and stay alert."
Daniel M. Dickens, 22, of the 1900 block of Hanson Road in Edgewood, has been charged with armed robbery, using a firearm in a violent crime, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.
Stefanos Christofi-Protack, 21, of the 2300 block of Rosewood Drive in Edgewood, has been charged with armed robbery, theft below $1,000, using a firearm in a violent crime, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.
Cole Quinn, 18, of the 800 block of Ermine Court in Edgewood, has been charged with armed robbery, theft below $1,000, having a handgun in a violent crime, first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault.
All three had bail reviews Friday afternoon before Harford County District Court Judge David Carey.
Dickens has a GED and has been studying at ITT institute, public defender Bruce Andres told Carey.
Carey in turn noted Dickens is being held without bond in a case in which he violated probation and also had charges pending on a case involving theft and three charges of being rogue and vagabond. He is also set for a hearing this month on a charge of carrying a dangerous weapon and burglary tools, for which he was out on $2,000 bond, the judge added.
Christofi-Protack completed ninth grade at Harford Technical High School, has lived in Harford County for six years and had been working at an Edgewood restaurant, Andres said.
Quinn is single, has a 6-month-old child and last worked at a Joppa restaurant. Carey noted he has "a very clean record, a minor juvenile record."
Carey ordered each held on $150,000 bail.
In addition to the armed robbery of the jogger, Dickens, Quinn and Christofi-Protack were served with warrants Thursday in connection with burglaries on July 6 and July 28, according to online court records, and Carey ordered each held on $150,000 bail in that case.
Christofi-Protack has been charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary of a store, having tools in a fourth-degree burglary, vandalism causing damage above $1,000 and theft between $1,000 and $10,000, according to court records.
Both Dickens and Quinn have been charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree burglary of a store, having tools in a fourth-degree burglary, two counts of theft between $1,000 and $10,000, scheming to commit theft between $1,000 and $10,000, and vandalism causing damage above $1,000, according to court records.
All three remained in jail Friday afternoon.
"Detectives are still investigating and looking into these individuals as persons of interest in other burglary and robbery cases," Kahler, of the Sheriff's Office, said.