18-year-old held without bail in Joppa Royal Farms armed robbery

An 18-year-old man accused of participating in the armed robbery of a Royal Farms store in Joppa last October was ordered held without bail Thursday.

The warrant was issued for Deonte Stephen Copenhaver, of the 1300 block of East Spring Meadow Court in Edgewood, in October, but he was not charged and did not appear in Harford County District Court until this past week.

Online court records also list an address for him in the first block of Blue Bell Court in Port Deposit.

According to court charging documents, Copenhaver allegedly bought juice and Fritos at the store, then held the door open for two masked men who came into the store, in the 500 block of Joppa Farm Road, at about 2:40 a.m. on Oct. 3.

The men pointed a handgun at two employees and stole 40 packs of Newport cigarettes and money from the register.

After the robbery, Copenhaver allegedly fled in the same direction as the two men.

A stolen Dodge Stratus was located in the 1300 block of Clover Valley Way in Edgewood in connection with the robbery.

Copenhaver is charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, two counts of first-degree assault, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and vandalism.

District Court Judge Mimi Cooper ordered Copenhaver to be held without bail, noting he is also on probation in a juvenile case. He is being held at the Harford County Detention Center in Bel Air.

Police have not identified the alleged accomplices in the robbery

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