Man pleads guilty to at­tempted rob­bery

In­truder ac­costed owner and em­ploy­ees

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JOHN WHARTON jwhar­[email protected]­

A Lex­ing­ton Park man pleaded guilty Fri­day to an at­tempted armed rob­bery of­fense from his con­fronta­tion, de­tailed in court, with the owner and two em­ploy­ees work­ing last spring at a laun­dry busi­ness.

A judge told 48-year-old Emanuel Jones that the max­i­mum penalty for the com­mon-law mis­de­meanor of­fense is 20 years in prison, and Jones was re­turned to the county jail after the plea hear­ing to await the re­sults of a pre­sen­tence in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

St. Mary’s Se­nior As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Daniel White said in court that early on the morn­ing of May 17, Young Ha Seo and two of his em­ploy­ees, Luz Maria Tor­res Ramirez and Car­men Her­nan­dez Gar­cia, were at Lex­ing­ton Park Clean­ers. The two women were in­side the busi­ness, the

prose­cu­tor said, when Jones en­tered and de­manded $200 “while keep­ing his right hand in his pocket.”

Jones made the de­mand in writ­ing,

through a piece of pa­per he handed to Ramirez, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment of facts in his plea agree­ment, and he pur­sued Ramirez as she fled to­ward the rear of the shop. Jones tried to grab Gar­cia and again de­manded $200, and she was run­ning away, the agree­ment states, as Seo came in “and saw the de­fen­dant

bran­dish what ap­peared to him to be a knife, while still de­mand­ing $200.”

The owner and em­ploy­ees es­caped, and White said that Jones un­suc­cess­fully tried to open a cash regis­ter be­fore he also left the busi­ness.

St. Mary’s sher­iff’s de­tec­tive Cpl. Melissa Hulse iden­ti­fied Jones from

sur­veil­lance video of the at­tempted rob­bery, ac­cord­ing to the plea agree­ment.

At Fri­day’s court hear­ing, Maria Do­er­flinger, Jones’ pub­lic de­fender, said that he has a “sub­stance abuse is­sue,” and that he has been in cus­tody since the day after the in­ci­dent.

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