Arrest made in Aberdeen home invasion

A North East man has been arrested in connection with an armed home invasion in Aberdeen on Dec. 23.

Jonathan Hardy Jr., 32, of the 200 block of Razor Strap Road in North East, was arrested Jan. 10 and charged with three counts each of armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, theft and use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, according to court records.

Hardy is being held without bond at the Harford County Detention Center in Bel Air.

Harford County Sheriff's Office spokesman Eddie Hopkins said the primary suspect in the robbery and one of the victims knew each other, which helped detectives make an arrest. The Sheriff's Office had previously said there were three males being sought.

"The investigation is continuing into the other two suspects," Hopkins said Wednesday. "If I recall the case was questionable since the victim left the hospital before we could interview him."

According to a media release issued by the Sheriff's Office the day after the crime occurred, three men were watching football at a home in the 1300 block of Loflin Road around 9:35 p.m. on Dec. 23 when three men forced their way into the home.

Two of the occupants, Paul Brian Hartman Jr., 23, and Walter Jack Liles Jr., 22, who were visitors in the home, were ordered to lie on the floor, according to the Sheriff's Office. The robbers went through Hartman's pockets and stole cash, his wallet and iPhone and stole an iPhone from Liles.

The robbers then assaulted William Harry Burkheimer III, 23, who lives in the home, and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from him, the sheriff's office release said.

The victims reported seeing all three robbers with black pistols and told police the intruders threatened to shoot them.

After the robbers fled the home, Hartman and Liles got up to check on Burkheimer, who had been taken to another room in the home, and saw that he had been injured and was bleeding, the Sheriff's Office release said. Hartman called 9-1-1.

Burkheimer was transported to Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace where he refused treatment and left the hospital before deputies arrived to interview him, the sheriff's office said.

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