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Armed robbery suspect pleads guilty

Prince Frederick, MD – A Calvert County man accused of assaulting and robbing a woman of her prescription medications has entered a guilty plea to a single count of armed robbery. The plea by the defendant, Charles Albert Jost Jr., 29 of Prince Frederick, was made Monday, Feb. 2 in Calvert County Circuit Court. Jost also pled guilty to theft under $100 in connection with an incident that happened last summer.

The armed robbery charge stems from an incident that occurred Sept. 2 of last year in the Dares Beach area. According to police reports, Jost, who was wielding a crowbar, gained entry to the woman’s home and confronted her, demanding her pills. The victim began to struggle with the perpetrator and subsequently sustained injuries. After the attack she was hospitalized and treated for several injuries including severe damage to her eye.

According to police reports, the victim told investigators she did not know who her attacker was but surmised the robbery was connected to someone who was aware she had the medications. Three days after the attack she was able to identify Jost from several photographs investigators showed her. She was also able to identify Jost’s accomplice, who was subsequently identified by police as Thomas Brian Smith Jr., 34, also of Prince Frederick. Court records stated that Smith is facing similar charges related to the incident.

Jost was represented at the plea hearing by Jacqueline Swanson while Calvert County Assistant State’s Attorney Kathryn Marsh handled the prosecution. Jost’s guilty plea was the result of an agreement between the two parties. The defendant was indicted back in October on one count of armed robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, dangerous weapon/wear and carry with intent to injure, theft less than $1,000 and malicious destruction of property value less than $1,000.

Judge E. Gregory Wells told Jost that while armed robbery is a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years, the state was seeking a sentence of four to nine years.

Marsh said the state was also seeking restitution totally over $1,500 from Jost in all of his theft and burglary cases.

Swanson told the court her client is addicted to drugs. Back in December Swanson filed a motion requesting a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene drug and alcohol evaluation for her client.

Wells has ordered a pre-sentencing investigation. A sentencing hearing has been tentatively set for Friday, April 10 at 1 p.m.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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