Man pleads guilty to attempted robbery
Intruder accosted owner and employees
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.