Accused brothers remain in jail

Posted: January 3, 2013

The Winchester Star

Justin Armel
James Armel

WINCHESTER — Two men remain jailed after allegedly invading an acquaintance’s Frederick County home, threatening her and her guests with baseball bats, and stealing money.

James Allen Armel, 26, and Justin Lee Armel, 25, both of the 1000 block of Woodland Avenue, are each charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, three counts of conspiracy to abduct with intent to extort money and three counts of abduction with intent to extort money.

The two brothers were arrested Monday in the city following the Dec. 26 incident.

Both appeared Wednesday in Frederick County General District Court via video and were denied bond. They are being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

According to the criminal complaint, the Armels pushed their way, uninvited, into the woman’s home in the 1200 block of Circle Street.

The victim told deputies that the duo, whom she said she has known for more than a week, held her, her husband and a friend at bay with baseball bats and demanded money.

She said that both men told everyone not to move and took their cellphones so they could not make any calls, the complaint states.

The victim alleges that Justin Armel took more than $300 from her purse, according to the complaint.

The friend who was at the residence at the time of the incident confirmed the story and told officers that he has known the Armel brothers for about six years, the complaint states.

Both brothers are expected back in court on the charges at 2 p.m. March 5.

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