A 35-year-old Glen Burnie man, arrested after his wife identified him for police as their suspect in a carjacking last July, pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court yesterday to charges stemming from the incident.
Scott Joseph Weber of the 400 block of Marley Station Road pleaded guilty to armed robbery, driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license.
Weber is in the county Detention Center awaiting sentencing, which Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. scheduled for Feb. 14. He could face a maximum penalty of 24 years in prison.
Assistant State's Attorney Fred Paone said in a statement of facts that Heather Burmeister, 17, of Glen Burnie was sitting in the passenger seat of a Dodge Shadow, waiting for a friend to come out of the Giant store on Ritchie Highway at Mountain Road about 8:50 p.m. July 26 when Weber jumped into the car on the driver's side, brandishing a knife.
The teen-ager jumped out of the car, and Weber drove off, Mr. Paone said.
He said that Weber's wife, Kathy Weber, who lived in a nearby apartment complex, was drawn to the scene when she saw the police cars. She had just had a fight with her husband and was looking for him, Mr. Paone read from the statement.
Mrs. Weber told police the description of the carjacking suspect matched that of her husband, Mr. Paone said.
"He apparently had on a Phillies T-shirt, which made it easy to determine," he said.
About six hours later, police spotted the stolen car heading south on Ritchie Highway near Harundale Mall. As they followed it, the car swerved. Weber continued to drive erratically and crossed the center line of the highway, Mr. Paone said.
When officers stopped Weber near his apartment, his speech was slurred and he apparently had been drinking, Mr. Paone said.
The license plates on the car had been replaced with stolen ones, a gold bracelet that had been in the car was missing, and Weber was carrying three knives, police said.