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Austin Lee Bivens
Austin Lee Bivens

A Frederick County teen is charged as an adult with armed robbery and related counts for his alleged role in an August incident in Taneytown.

Austin Lee Bivens, 17, of Emmitsburg, is charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, robbery and first-degree assault, according to electronic court files.

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He was being held Monday at the Carroll County Detention Center on $250,000 bond, according to electronic court files.

Kyle Michael Wathen, 19, of Florida, and Kader Kenneth Morris, 21, of Brunswick, were charged in August, days after the incident, according to court records. Wathen and Morris are both awaiting trial on armed robbery and related charges, but no court dates have been set, according to electronic court files.

Taneytown Police and troopers from the Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack were dispatched to the intersection of Hammersham Court and O'Brien Avenue in Taneytown on Aug. 19 at about 4:15 p.m. to investigate a report of an armed robbery, according to charging documents.

The victim told officers he was assaulted by three people, one of whom was armed with a handgun, according to the documents.

Three suspects were identified through a mutual friend of the victim and the suspects and a warrant was obtained for Wathen, who is alleged to have been the one armed with a handgun, according to the documents.

While attempting to take Wathen into custody, troopers apprehended and interviewed Bivens, according to the documents.

Bivens told investigators he, Wathen and Morris went to the victim's home to purchase drugs when Wathen allegedly pulled a gun and the alleged victim was robbed. Charging documents report more than 10 ounces of suspected marijuana with a street value of more than $6,000 was taken.

During the incident, Bivens told police, Wathen and Morris allegedly assaulted the victim in his home before all three returned to Wathen's residence, according to the documents.

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When interviewed, Wathen and Morris confirmed that Bivens was present, according to the documents.

Due to the severity of the crime, the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office advised that Bivens should be charged as an adult, according to the documents.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or email heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.

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