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Feds charge 10 in home-invasion ring
John Pirro
Updated 11:22 pm, Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A federal grand jury has indicted 10 people, including six Danbury residents, as a result of an investigation into a series of home-invasion robberies targeting drug dealers earlier this year.

The defendants included two, 23-year-old Michael Spears and 18-year-old Antonio Parker, both of Danbury, who were named in an earlier grand jury indictment in July, and two Bridgeport residents, Kevin Lemon, 20, and Paul Whitehurst, 23, who were arrested on charges of narcotics possession in August.

But new indictments, returned earlier this month by a federal grand in Bridgeport and unsealed on Tuesday, name six more defendants, and add new charges against the four men already accused.

Six of the defendants, Marlon Patterson, 20, Casey Kershaw, 25, and Robert Cherry, 43, all of Danbury; Scott Myrie, 26, of Bedford Hills, N.Y., and Parker and Spears are charged with violations of the federal Hobbs Act, which relates to interference with commerce by robbery, threats and violence; use of a firearm during the robberies; and conspiracy.

Patterson, Spears, Lemon and Whitehurst and Laquanna Briggs, 21, of Danbury, were also charged with possession of cocaine, heroin or marijuana with intent to distribute.

Also named in the grand jury indictment was Jordano Perdomo, who was not included in a news release issued by acting U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly’s office on Tuesday because he is still being sought by law enforcement authorities.

Perdomo faces a distribution-of-marijuana count in addition to the robbery charges.

At least one of the home invasions occurred in Danbury, in February. The location of the other robberies, which took place in January and February, were undisclosed, but part of the investigation involved police in Waterbury and Bridgeport, as well as agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, according to court documents previously made public.

Daly’s news release said drugs and cash alleged to be proceeds from drug trafficking were taken in the robberies.

According to the indictment, Patterson, Spears, Parker, Myrie and Cherry were all accused of a Feb. 18 home-invasion robbery. Although the document does not provide any further details, Danbury police and state Superior Court records state that on that date, three men, one of them Parker, kicked in the door of a Bergh Street apartment, pulled a handgun and attacked the man living there.

The victim told police he fought with the assailants and during the struggle pulled a ski mask off one of his assailants and recognized him as Parker, who he referred to by his nickname of “Mini Buddha.”

The man holding the gun dropped it and all three intruders fled empty-handed, the victim said, according to police.

Parker was arrested by Danbury police in March and has been in custody since then.

Whitehurst and Lemon were arrested by the DEA on Aug. 8, after Danbury police got a tip they were dealing narcotics from a Lake Avenue Extension motel room. Investigators also seized a quantity of crack cocaine and heroin that had been packaged for sale, according to federal court documents in that case.

Briggs was picked up by Danbury police at a hotel on Federal Road on Oct. 23, along with her sister, Kiera, 23, and a 25-year-old Danbury man, Dwight Howard.

Both Howard and Kiera Briggs were extradited to Maryland, where he is wanted for failing to appear in court on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and she is accused of multiple counts of armed robbery, conspiracy, first-degree assault and theft.

Neither Howard nor Kiera Briggs was charged in the Connecticut investigation.; 203-731-3342