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One of two Baltimore-area teenagers charged as adults with using an air pistol to steal a security guard’s vehicle in June withdrew a petition to transfer his case to juvenile court on Monday and pleaded guilty to carjacking.
The state is recommending a sentence of five years in prison for 17-year-old Ashur Komaki Hooper. Assistant State’s Attorney Leon Debes told Washington County Circuit Court Judge Daniel P. Dwyer that the state will dismiss other charges in the case and that two juvenile cases against Hooper will be dismissed by authorities in Baltimore County as part of the plea.
Among the 10 local charges dismissed were armed carjacking, kidnapping, first-degree assault and firearms charges, according to court records.
Dwyer set sentencing for Monday, Dec. 17.
Hooper and Xavier Leon Smith, also 17, both resided in the same group home in Baltimore County. They were alleged to have stolen a vehicle in Lutherville, Md., and driven it to Hagerstown where they were pursued by police before wrecking it, according to the charging document. The pair then allegedly stole the private vehicle of the security guard at gunpoint and then drove back to the group home.
At 2:27 a.m. June 4, Hagerstown police went to Maryland Avenue where a Chevy Cruze had crashed into a sign. The heavily-damaged car had been reported stolen on June 2 in Baltimore County, the charging document said.
Shortly before the crash, a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy tried to stop the car near Washington Avenue and Nottingham Road, but the occupants got away.
A woman security guard at Great Southern Wood on Maryland Avenue reported at 3:24 a.m. that her car was stolen by two males wearing bandanas over their faces, the document said. The woman told Hagerstown police she was sitting in her vehicle when the males walked by, then came back to the car and pointed handguns at her.
One male put a gun to the back of her head and walked her into a wooded area, then drove off in her car with the other male, the document said. The driver rammed a gate at the company before driving onto to Maryland Avenue.
Police contacted the woman’s cellphone service provider and the phone was tracked to within a block of the group home in the Overlea neighborhood of Baltimore County, the document said. The car was recovered on June 5.
Police contacted staff at the home, who told them Smith and Hooper were gone during the time the carjacking occurred, according to the statement of charges.
Staff said Smith and Hooper both had a history of breaking into and stealing cars, and Hooper was arrested two weeks earlier for stealing a car, according to the document.
Items belonging to the security guard, including the cellphone that aided police in finding the stolen car, were found in the group home, along with an air pistol