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A man charged with attempted robbery was ordered Thursday to remain in jail in lieu of bond as he awaits trial, after a St. Mary’s judge noted a hospital’s opinion that the suspect cannot be held responsible for the offense, but is now competent to stand trial.
“I’m taking my medication. I’m doing everything I’m supposed to,” Kevin Lee Kreamer, 52, of Gambrills in Anne Arundel County, said during the court proceeding. “I’m not a danger to myself or society.”
Prosecutors filed a criminal information charging document last month alleging that Kreamer attempted to commit the robbery, and carried out additional offenses of second-degree assault and theft, on Aug. 17 at a Dash-In convenience store in Charlotte Hall.
Maryland State Police arrested Kreamer at the store and filed initial district court charging papers alleging that on attack on Bobby Singh, a 21-year-old Mechanicsville man working behind the counter came after Kreamer’s ailed attempts to use a credit card or to get money from an ATM.
St. Mary’s Circuit Judge David W. Densford noted the charging papers’ allegation that Kreamer “went around and punched the employee in the face.”
Police obtained charges against Kreamer of destroying two cash registers at the business, and stealing $129 and a pack of Maverick cigarettes.
Sarah Elkins, a St. Mary’s public defender, said during Thursday’s hearing that Kreamer was held for four months at the Spring Grove Hospital Center west of Baltimore after his arrest, and that “his competency has been restored” through the medication he continues to receive at the county jail.
“He is no longer presenting a danger to the community,” she said.
Densford noted that the initial district charging papers state that Kreamer told police that he had “bought the state of Maryland” from Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).
The hospital’s report states that Kreamer has been diagnosed as having a bipolar disorder and abusing alcohol, Densford said, noting that Kreamer wrote to another judge three months ago complaining that he was being held against his will.
Densford commended Kreamer on his progress since then, but ordered that he remain in custody in lieu of a $45,000 bond requirement set when the case was in district court.
“I’m not going to take a chance at this time that you might backslide. I think it’s too much of a risk,” Densford said. “I do see a light at the end of the tunnel. It looks like this has taken a good turn.”