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Westminster 16-year-old, Owings Mills man allegedly break into Sykesville home, hit teen with BB gun

A 16-year-old Westminster resident and an Owings Mills man face charges for allegedly entering a Sykesville home and hitting a 17-year-old with a BB gun.

The 16-year-old faces charges as an adult. Maryland statute provides jurisdiction to adult court for cases of juveniles accused of certain crimes — in this case, the charges of using a firearm in commission of a violent crime and first-degree assault. He also faces charges of second-degree assault, home invasion, and third- and fourth-degree burglary, online records show. He was being held at a juvenile detention center as of Aug. 27, court documents show. He was arrested Aug. 20. The Times is choosing not to name the suspect because he is a minor and the case may be sent back to juvenile court.

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Also charged is Christopher J. Ibex, 21, of the 9900 block of Sherwood Farm Road. He has been charged with home invasion, first- and second-degree assault, armed robbery, robbery, third- and fourth-degree burglary and theft of property valued between $100 and $1,500. He was being held without bond as of Wednesday. Ibex was arrested Aug. 26.

Ibex and the 16-year-old, wearing dark clothing and masks, entered a Sykesville home Aug. 15 through a rear sliding glass door, according to charging documents. The 16-year-old pointed a dark-colored gun, later determined to be a BB gun, at a 17-year-old inside the home and told him to hang up the phone, charging documents read. The 16-year-old took the phone then punched the 17-year-old and hit him in the head with the gun, charging documents state. Ibex’s charging documents allege he also attacked the victim.

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The older teen fought back and grabbed the gun, realizing it was a BB gun, police wrote. He pulled down the 16-year-old’s mask and recognized him, then Ibex and the 16-year-old fled, leaving behind the victim’s phone, according to charging documents. The 17-year-old suffered bruises to his face and body and was cut on the forehead, charging documents read.

Police learned Ibex and the 16-year-old knew the 17-year-old and went to the home with the intent of stealing money and drugs they believed might be there, charging documents state.

The 16-year-old has a hearing set for Oct. 2. His public defender, Christian Horn, declined to comment Wednesday. Online court records show Ibex is to be represented by a public defender, but there was no specific attorney listed for him as of 2 p.m. Wednesday. Ibex has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 25.

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