Man Sentenced to Nine Years for Armed Robbery

By Lauren Procopio, The Calvert County Times

A Prince Frederick man was sentenced to nine years at the Division of Correction on Friday, April 10. Charles Albert Jost, Jr., age 29, was convicted of armed robbery and was sentenced by a Circuit Court judge to 20 years, with all but nine years suspended, according to online records.

Jost accepted a plea agreement on Feb. 2, which gave the defendant a lesser sentence and barred him from the remaining 11 charges filed against him.

Assistant State’s Attorney Kathryn Marsh prosecuted the case and Jacqueline Swanson acted as defense attorney for Jost, according to online records.

According to court documents, on Sept. 2, 2014, the defendant broke into the home of a 57-year-old woman and told the victim he wanted her pills, the victim did not comply and Jost responded with “repeatedly beating” the woman with his fists and possibly a crowbar, according to police.

According to court documents, around 10:48 a.m., the victim called 911 to report the robbery and assault. Police said, during their initial investigation, the victim was observed being treated in an ambulance at the scene and suffered from a “severely swollen” left eye, which was “nearly closed shut” and she also suffered from scratches on her scalp near her left ear and had “numerous” abrasions and scratches on her arms, shoulders and legs; the victim also complained about injuries to her torso.

The victim told police she heard two loud noises that sounded like someone “banging on her house’s exterior” and seconds later she observed a larger white male – believed to be Jost – standing in the doorway of her bedroom, the victim stated he was holding a “crowbar.”

Jost allegedly demanded the victim’s pills and threatened to hurt her. The victim did not comply and opted to attack the defendant. The victim told the defendant to leave her home and started to “wrestle with him.” Jost then repeatedly struck the victim with his hands/fists and court documents affirm that the two wrestled over the crowbar.

According to court documents, during the fight the defendant grabbed a bottle of prescription medication and also took the woman’s cell phone.

The victim was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital, but due to the severity of her injuries she was subsequently transported to Washington Hospital Center.

According to court documents, Jost attempted suicide following the armed robbery; the defendant attempted to jump from a local radio tower.

According to online records, upon the defendant’s release from prison, he will be on five years of supervised probation.

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