CUMBERLAND — Eighteen-year-old John Phillip Blank Jr., Cumberland, was sentenced Friday to a 10-year prison term for an attempted carjacking that took place in May on Queen City Drive, according to State's Attorney Michael O. Twigg.
Blank was sentenced in Allegany County Circuit Court by Judge W. Timothy Finan, who sentenced Blank to 10 years in the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Service and suspended seven years of the sentence. He will be placed on five years of supervised probation upon his release.
In the late evening hours of May 18, the victim was driving on Queen City Drive in Cumberland. At a stop sign, the victim was approached by Blank, who had covered his face with a bandana, according to the state's attorney's office. Blank attempted to enter the victim's vehicle and threatened the man, who quickly drove from the scene and immediately reported the incident to the Cumberland City Police Department.
An officer responded to the scene in an unmarked police vehicle and was also approached by Blank in the same threatening manner. Once the officer lowered his window, Blank was able to see it was a police officer and attempted to flee the scene. He was quickly apprehended.
“Luckily no one was injured and young Mr. Blank was unable to complete the act of taking the car," said Assistant State's Attorney Erich Bean, who prosecuted the case. "Now he has to go to prison. This type of behavior in our community will not be tolerated.”
Blank was represented by attorney Michael Stankan of the Public Defender's Office.