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15-YEAR-OLD BOY TO STAND TRIAL AS ADULT IN CRIME-SPREE CASE

A 15-year-old Provo boy charged with attempted murder and 10 other offenses stemming from a crime spree last fall has been bound over to district court as an adult.

Jerrod Baum appeared Monday for a preliminary hearing before 4th Circuit Judge Joseph Dimick, who dismissed a 12th count against Baum and ordered the case to district court for arraignment June 12.Baum originally was charged with nine counts, but prosecutor Sherry Ragan added three charges Monday.

The 11 active charges include the attempted murder allegation, a first-degree felony, plus three counts of theft of a motor vehicle, all second-degree felonies; two second-degree felony charges of theft of a firearm; one second-degree and one third-degree count of burglary; third-degree felony and class A misdemeanor theft, and first-degree aggravated burglary.

During Monday's hearing, Orem Police Officer Bob Connor testified that Baum admitted details of the crimes during an interview following his arrest.

The boy acknowledged stealing a pickup truck from a Provo business and later a van where he found a .38-caliber handgun, Connor said. The youth then left the van, returned to the truck and traveled to Heber City, where he stole a Trans Am.

Connor said Baum told him he went to a Burger King in Orem and used the handgun to rob the business, firing at two employees who followed him into the parking lot.

Baum later abandoned the car after allegedly stealing another pickup truck in Springville that had a rifle behind the seat.

Tony Lunceford, son of the truck's owner and a police academy enrollee, said he saw the truck a few hours later and got Baum to pull over. He handcuffed the youth and waited for police.

Following his arrest, the boy allegedly led police to a home he said he had burglarized and admitted burglarizing a Provo gas station.

All the crimes occurred between Nov. 1 and Nov. 6, 1991.