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Fallston teen charged as adult in March Craigslist related robbery

A Fallston teen, who is a student at Harford County's alternative education center, is being charged as an adult after he allegedly robbed two people with whom he had arranged a Craigslist sale.

Michael Myers, 16, of the 2200 block of Arden Drive, where he has been living with his grandparents, was arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery, robbery, use of a handgun in commission of a felony, possession of a handgun and theft less than $1,000 in connection with an incident in Fallston March 14, according to charging documents.

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Myers was on home detention from the Hickey School at the time of his arrest, according to charging documents.

According to the victim's statement to police, he arranged with Myers via text message for a meeting to buy for $150 an xBox he had seen advertised on Craigslist.

The victim drove from Edgewood with a friend to buy the gaming system but discovered the address Myers had given him didn't exist, charging documents state.

He and Myers communicated again and Myers told him to stop in front of a house in the 2100 block of Arden Drive. When they stopped, the victim said, a man, later identified as Myers, approached them and asked who was buying the xBox.

When the victim said it was him, Myers allegedly pulled a gun from the left side of his waistband and pointed it at the victim's head, demanding his money, which the victim gave him, according to charging documents.

Myers allegedly told the victim to drive in one direction, as he walked away in the other.

Harford County Sheriff's Office detectives traced the cell phone number the victim had texted back to Myers, according to charging documents.

On Myers' phone, detectives found text messages between Myers and his girlfriend in which she asked "Who did you rob?" and Myers allegedly responded "some guy off Craigslist," according to charging documents.

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An administrator of the home detention system said the tracking system alerted of a breach in Myers detention on March 14 between 12:07 and 12:12 a.m., when the robbery allegedly occurred, according to charging documents.

Myers grandparents told police they have guns in their homes and confirmed their grandson is left-handed, according to the documents.

During a bail review hearing in Harford County District Court Wednesday, Assistant Public Defender Matthew Gravens said he filed a petition to have the case tried in juvenile court and asked Judge Susan Hazlett that Myers be held at a juvenile facility, pending bail.

Gravens said Meyers is in the 10th grade at the Center for Educational Opportunity, the county alternative education school in Aberdeen, and has been working. He also was getting treatment for marijuana use, Gravens said.

"I'm hoping to get back into school and back into my treatment program," Myers told Hazlett over the closed circuit TV hookup between the courtroom and Harford County Detention Center.

Hazlett set bail at $150,000 but also expressed concern that Meyers already was under the supervision of a juvenile facility when the alleged crime was committed.

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Until he makes bail, Hazlett ordered that Myers remain at the Harford County Detention Center. She noted that since Myers has been accused of committing a crime as an adult, he would be imprisoned at an adult facility if he is convicted.

Myers was still being held at the detention center late Thursday afternoon.

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