Maryland man pleads guilty to Taylorstown home invasion
The last of four men arrested in connection with an April 2013 home invasion in which a family of five was held hostage pleaded guilty today in Loudoun County Circuit Court.
John Allen Dey, 20, of Boonsboro, Maryland, pleaded guilty to five counts of abduction with intent to extort money and one count each of breaking and entering while armed, use of a firearm and use of a firearm, subsequent offense.
Dey, who was set to go before a jury on Monday, will face sentencing on March 5, 2015.
Dey and three other men, Mark Anthony Hoy Jr, 20, Randy Maurice Alford III and Roman Sebastian Monzon, all of Frederick, Md., were charged with forcing their way into a home on Loyalty Road near Taylorstown on April 16, 2013.
According to court documents, one of the men knocked on the home's door while holding a package. When a resident opened the door, the man handed the resident a package. When the resident handed it back, the man pushed the resident backward, forcing his way into the home.
Once the four men were inside – one armed with a gun and the other three with knifes – and hearing the homeowner say “wait, there's kids,” the man's wife fled the home through a back door with their two grandchildren, who were both under the age of 4 at the time.
However, one of the grandchildren was able to escape the grandmother's grasp and ran back inside the home to find their mother, court documents said.
Subsequently, all of the home's occupants ended up back in the home where the robbers bound their hands and feet with plastic zip ties and duct tape.
The men then inquired about the location of a safe in the home and said if the homeowner didn't give them money they would cut off the family's fingers. The robbers got away with $200 they found in the master bedroom.
Court documents say that once the men finished searching the home, they took the victims to the basement, closed its door and barricaded it with a couch. Upon leaving the home, the men slashed the homeowner's tires.
One of the victims, the mother of the two small children, was able to break free and run for help. Reports said deputies believe the robbers didn't bind her as tight because she was pregnant at the time of the home invasion.
Alford pleaded guilty on Nov. 8 and was later sentenced to 20 years in prison with 17 years suspended and 20 years probation.
Hoy pleaded guilty on May 20 and was sentenced Sept. 9 to 20 years in prison with 15 years suspended and 99 years probation.
Monzon pleaded guilty on May 27 and was sentenced Sept. 9 to 20 years in prison with 19 years suspended and 99 years probation.