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Bail not revoked for alleged robber of city taxi driver

Woman accused of threatening former cell mate who has been helping police

By Candace Sipos -- csipos@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- After hearing allegations that a local woman threatened a former cell mate who has been collaborating with police in her case, Judge David S. Whitacre decided against revoking the woman's bond Monday.

Brandy Elizabeth Wells, 18, of Winchester, was arrested in relation to an armed robbery of a Polly's Cab taxi driver, Michael Bryant, on Nov. 24. Police accused Wells, as well as Robert Eric Harris, 23, also of Winchester, of striking Bryant on the head with a handgun about five times while robbing him of more than $100.

Officers charged Wells with two counts of attempted robbery, prostitution and carrying a concealed weapon.

Susan Moore, who was Wells' cell mate before she was released on bond on Jan. 13, said Wells called her around 4 a.m. on Thursday and threatened the lives of her children, mother and her own life.

"She pretty much threatened my family and my children and said the car would be blown up and my family would get shot in the head," Moore said.

She also said that Wells called her inappropriate names during a brief interaction in the courthouse when Moore was leaving and Wells was entering on Feb. 2.

Wells' lawyer, private attorney Matt Beyrau, entered a call log from the home phone at Wells' mother's residence into evidence showing that no calls were made during the hours in question. Wells testified that she gave her phone, containing all of her contacts except those of a few family members, to the bail bondsman as collateral.

Wells' mother also provided the numbers of the other three cell phones in the house.
Beyrau argued that Wells never threatened Moore and that Moore fabricated those stories because she believes she might get a deal from the commonwealth on her charges.

"She's making things up," Beyrau said. "It happens all the time, and it's happening today. There's just a host of inconsistencies in her testimony."

Ross Spicer, senior assistant Frederick County commonwealth's attorney, said current technology could easily allow for Wells to buy a short-term cell phone, and he said Moore was only motivated by the desire to protect herself and her family.

"[Wells] was put on a short leash, but I think today's testimony shows it was not short enough," he said.

Whitacre said he was unsure whether the threatening incidents actually occurred and there was not enough evidence to prove that they did.

"I think the benefit goes to the defendant," he said.

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