Third bail reduction in Glen Rock cop-dragging case
The last of three Maryland residents accused of dragging a Southern Regional police officer about 125 feet with their car in November had her bail reduced Thursday.
Bail for Jenny Kim, 38, of Germantown, Maryland, was reduced from $250,000 to $50,000 after a bail hearing in front of Court of Common Pleas Judge Harry Ness Thursday morning, York County District Attorney's Office spokesman Kyle King said.
Her bail is to be supervised, and she will not be let out of prison until the York County Department of Probation Services approves her release, King said.
Kim's co-defendants, Roberto Tabares Jr., 38, of Rockville, and David Achstetter, 36, of Gaithersburg, previously had their bail reduced.
Achstetter's bail was reduced from $250,000 to $50,000 on April 26, defense attorney Joe Gothie confirmed at the time. Achstetter was released from York County Prison on April 28, a prison official confirmed.
Tabares had his bail reduced March 1 from $500,000 to $50,000, according to court records.
Despite that, Tabares remains in York County Prison because authorities in Montgomery County, Maryland, have filed a detainer on him in a burglary case there, according to prison records.
The background: Officer Michael Storeman suffered bumps, bruises and injuries to his hips, legs and ankle during the Nov. 4 incident in Glen Rock. He was 40 years old at the time, Chief James Boddington has said. Storeman returned to work at the end of December, senior deputy prosecutor Jonathan Blake has said.
Storeman was called to the CS Convenience Store at the corner of Main and Water streets shortly before 5 p.m. Nov. 4 for a report of a suspicious vehicle in the lot, police said.
Charging documents state that when Storeman approached the Toyota Camry he saw Kim in the back seat injecting herself in the arm using a syringe he believed contained heroin.
The Camry's front passenger window was down, so Storeman tried to open that door, but Achstetter grabbed Storeman's arm and held on, effectively pinning Storeman against the car, documents allege.
That's when Tabares, who was behind the wheel, took off, speeding south on Water Street and dragging Storeman, who was repeatedly yelling at them to stop, according to police.
Tabares drove into the opposing lane and went around two vehicles stopped for the stop sign at Water and Hanover streets, at which point Storeman's body struck the driver's side of one of the stopped vehicles, documents state.
It was shortly after hitting the vehicle that Storeman either broke free of Achstetter or Achstetter released him, charging documents state.
The officer fell onto the road and rolled another 50 feet or so, police said.
The Camry kept going, but police later tracked down both it and its occupants through the car's license plate number, documents state.
"I think this is the worst injury I've seen to one of my officers," Boddington has said. "This could have ended up much worse."
Charges against Achstetter and Tabares include aggravated assault, hindering the apprehension of a suspect and reckless endangerment. Kim is charged with conspiracy to commit those offenses. Achstetter also is charged with unlawful restraint, and Tabares is charged with fleeing from police.
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