Woman accused of home invasion says victim was threatening her children

Sadie Beth Harvey admitted to making numerous threats to kill Kenneth Cavender before entering his apartment

December 22, 2011|By DAN DEARTH |
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HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown woman who was charged along with four others in a bizarre armed home invasion Tuesday told police that they went to the house to confront a man who threatened to harm her children, according to court documents.

Sadie Beth Harvey, 24, of 127 Ray St., admitted to making numerous threats to kill Kenneth Cavender before entering his apartment on Chestnut Street in Hagerstown with several other people Tuesday, but said she did so only after he "threatened to burn her house down with her kids inside," according to allegations in the statement of probable cause obtained Thursday from Washington County District Court.

Harvey, Richard Glenn Arvin III, 30, both of 127 Ray St., and Jeremy Gundy, 19, of 128 Ray St., have been charged with one count each of first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Police said they also were seeking two others in the case.

Dimitric Douglas Winston, 17, address unavailable, and Elijah Rendell Herring, age and address unavailable, have been charged in warrants with the same counts.

Police said they were called to 544 Chestnut St. Apt. 2 at 8:26 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a home invasion. When officers arrived, they met with Cavender and two women, Sarah Minnick and Shelly Whipp, who were inside the apartment.

"Cavender advised that a group of people had kicked in the door to their apartment," the charging documents said. "Cavender advised three of the suspects had guns. "

Cavender told police that he recognized Harvey and Arvin, and gave officers their Ray Street address. Police then went to Ray Street to wait for Arvin and Harvey to return, the documents said.

Police said Cavender told them he and Harvey had been arguing earlier in the day.

"Harvey had made numerous threats over the phone to Cavender that she was going to kill him and that she was going to kill Whipp and Minnick," the documents said.

Police said Cavender told them that one of the intruders broke glass near the front door and unlocked the door. Cavender said he got out a rifle and loaded it after he heard the noise.

One of the intruders, who later was identified as Winston, entered the living room and allegedly pointed a gun at Whipp's head, the documents said.

At the same time, three of the intruders positioned themselves on steps inside the apartment, while Arvin was inside the door at the bottom of the staircase. Cavender pointed the rifle down the steps, which prompted the intruders to flee the apartment, the documents said.

Gang connections?

Officers said they found Harvey in the 300 block of South Potomac Street and took her to the police station for questioning. Arvin was arrested at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday as he was leaving 127 Ray St.

Harvey told detectives that she had been arguing with Cavender, Whipp and an unknown female, who later was identified as Minnick.

Harvey said she had made "numerous threats about killing Cavender, but only after Cavender had threatened to burn her house down with her kids inside," according to allegations in the statement of probable cause.

"Harvey had finally had enough of the talking and threats and told Cavender that she was coming over to where he was on Chestnut Street .... Harvey told (Arvin) and the group about the threats that Cavender made regarding wanting to hurt Harvey and her children. Harvey advised that the group became increasingly upset," the documents said.

Harvey identified Winston, Herring, Arvin, Gundy, Gundy's cousin and two other males as being in the group that went to Cavender's home, police said.

Harvey told police that Winston and some of the other people in her group were members of the Bloods gang, and that Cavender was a member of the rival Crips gang.

District Judge Mark Thomas on Thursday raised the bond for Gundy from $400,000 to $750,000, despite Gundy's claim that "my name is not down as a suspect" in the charging documents.

"I have two crosses on my face," Gundy said referring to his facial tattoos.

"I believe he is identified (as a suspect) at the end of the charging document," Assistant State's Attorney Mark Boyer told the judge.

Gundy is mentioned in the seven-page statement of probable cause.

The bond for Harvey, who told Thomas she has young children and is three-months' pregnant, was raised from $450,000 to $700,000.

"She is apparently the instigator of the home invasion," sending text messages to the victims and gathering the men who allegedly took part in the incident, Boyer said.

Thomas also raised Arvin's bond from $400,000 to $700,000.

All three are scheduled for preliminary hearings on Jan. 19.


Staff Writer Don Aines contributed to this story.


This story, which was posted online Dec. 22, 2011 and appeared on Page A1 of the Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, print edition of The Herald-Mail indicated that one of the victims, Kenneth Cavender, was a resident of the Chestnut Street apartment where the incident took place. A Hagerstown police detective on Dec. 23 could not confirm a current address for Cavender, but said he had a different address earlier this year.

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