Havilah Inn robbed 2 brothers arrested Officers assaulted responding to call


Two brothers, arrested inside a Taneytown restaurant about 1:20 a.m. yesterday, were being held on a total of $75,000 bond at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Robert Steven Baker, 42, of Fairfax, Va., and Brian Keith Baker, 26, of Taneytown were each charged with two counts of breaking and entering at the Havilah Inn, theft, assault and battery, resisting arrest and malicious destruction of property. Robert Baker faces an additional charge of assault with a deadly weapon -- a large screwdriver.

State police received an alarm from the restaurant early yesterday morning and broadcast the message to all their cars and to officers of the Taneytown Police Department.

Officers Paul Wingate and Ed Engel, who were about a mile from the inn, heard the broadcast and went to the restaurant, Taneytown Police Chief Mel Diggs said.

The officers checked the outside of the building and found all the doors and windows closed and locked. Just then Rick Jenkins, one of the managers, arrived and the three went inside to turn off and reset the alarm.

Chief Diggs said Officer Wingate walked into the kitchen and heard a movement in an adjoining supply room.

With his 9 mm semiautomatic pistol in one hand and a flashlight in the other, the officer stepped into the doorway between the two rooms and was startled by a man who jumped up from a crouch with a large screwdriver in his hand, the chief said.

The man was wrestled to the floor and the weapon taken from him, the chief said.

The officers continued their search and opened the walk-in freezer.

They were jumped by a second man who apparently was trying to escape, Chief Diggs said. The man was quickly subdued and arrested.

Robert Baker was held on $50,000 bond and Brian Baker was held on $25,000.

A pry bar was found on the ground under a window when a check around the building was made in daylight, police said. Authorities said they believe that money recovered, $208, was taken from a St. Jude Children's Cancer Research Fund canister in the restaurant.

Both men were turned over to state police, who arrived within minutes of their capture, officers said.

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