Youth charged as adult in armed robbery at ATM


Police have charged a 16-year-old Columbia youth as an adult in the armed robbery of a man at an automated teller machine in the Harper's Choice village in February.

Michael Scott Garrett of the 5200 block of Brook Way in Wilde Lake was being held at the Howard County Detention Center yesterday on a charge of robbery with a deadly weapon.

Howard District Judge R. Russell Sadler reduced the youth's bond from $250,000 to $10,000 at a bond review hearing yesterday morning.

Police said a youth, armed with a handgun, and two others confronted a 52-year-old Columbia man at the bank machine late on Feb. 20. One robber grabbed cash the man had withdrawn, and another pushed buttons on the machine to withdraw more cash. The robbers then ran away, police said.

Another youth -- a 17-year-old from Columbia -- has been charged as a juvenile in the same incident, police said.

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