Thursday, February 16, 2017

Suspension For Accused Yogurt Store Robbery Getaway Driver

The Maryland Court of Appeals has ordered the interim suspension of an attorney who achieved a measure of notoriety as the alleged getaway driver in a yogurt store robbery.

From a news report of The Baltimore Sun in February 2016

A family law attorney from Baltimore County is charged with driving the getaway van in an armed robbery of a frozen yogurt shop in Owings Mills.

The alleged gunman told investigators that Diana Beth Denrich, 36, helped plan the robbery of the uSpoon on Owings Mills Boulevard in September and split the money with him and a shop employee, police said.

Denrich was charged Friday with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

David Monroe Winder, who is accused of committing the robbery, was arrested Friday on a warrant issued in January.

Denrich and her attorney, Robert N. Smith III, declined to comment on the charges.

Denrich practices mostly in Baltimore County, focusing on divorce, child custody, visitation and mediation, according to the website for her Reisterstown law firm.

Winder, 33, is charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault and a firearms violation. He was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center. No attorney was listed for him in court records.

Also charged is Paula Papanikos, 28, who worked at uSpoon at the time of the robbery. She faces charges of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. There was no attorney listed for her in court records.

He pointed a gun at Papanikos and another worker and demanded money, police said. He fled with an unspecified amount of money from the register, as well as the employees' cell phones and the store phone.

A surveillance camera captured his image, police said, and a witness in the parking lot saw the suspect get into a gray minivan. Denrich owns a gray Honda Odyssey, police said.

In October, police said, a neighbor of Denrich's saw Denrich, Papanikos and a man Denrich introduced as "David" in the minivan at the Shell gas station at Franklin Boulevard and Reisterstown Road.

Winder has admitted he robbed the store in September, police said.

They said he told investigators that Denrich and Papanikos planned the robbery and asked him to go into the store.

The suspension will remain in effect until further court order. (Mike Frisch)

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