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High bonds set for Smithsburg home-invasion suspects

Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said they 'terrorized' a woman and her son

August 16, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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High bonds were set Tuesday in Washington County District Court for two Smithsburg men charged with a home-invasion robbery Sunday in which Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said they "terrorized" a woman and her son.

Judge Dana Moylan Wright raised the bond from $400,000 to  $1.5 million for Victor Wolfe McCormick, 19, of 12906 Bradbury Ave.

She increased the bail for Jesse Cole Lombardi, 18, of 60 S. Main St., from $350,000 to $750,000.

Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for Sept. 7, court records said.

Each is charged with 17 offenses, including two counts each of armed robbery, robbery, first-and second-degree assault, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment. They also face burglary, theft and weapons charges in the case, in which police accuse the pair of using a shotgun and a knife during the robbery at a house on West Henrietta Street, according to the statement of probable cause filed by the Smithsburg Police Department.

"The defendant doesn't have a criminal record, but he hasn't had much of a chance yet," Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael told Wright about Lombardi. However, Lombardi does have a juvenile record that includes burglary, he said.

"I don't know what I was thinking," Lombardi said before Wright advised him not to discuss specifics of the case.

Lombardi and McCormick had their bonds reviewed through a video link between the courtroom and county detention center.

McCormick's criminal record includes burglary and drug convictions, Michael said.

Smithsburg police received a report of a robbery in progress at about 10 p.m. involving two masked men, one armed with a shotgun, the other with a knife, the charging document said. By the time police arrived, the son was at a neighbor's house, but the mother was still inside and afraid to come out, even after police identified themselves, the document said.

The mother and son told police that two armed men wearing disguises came into the house demanding money and drugs. They threatened to kill them and to burn the son's eyes with cigarettes, the charging document said.

At one point, the intruder with the shotgun put it against the woman's head and "asked her if she wanted to die," the document said.

A few minutes later, an officer questioned a female walking by the house who said she was coming from Lombardi's home, the charging document said. The female said she, Lombardi and McCormick had been at Lombardi's house, leaving only to go to a convenience store, the document said.

Police went to Lombardi's house, where they found a 42-inch television set, a laptop computer, guitar case and a shoulder bag containing the driver's license of one of the victims, the charging document said. A shotgun and a "military-style" knife also were found, the document said.

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