BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Four Baltimore-area men have been charged with posing as police officers, kidnapping three people and terrorizing their victims with weapons including a blowtorch during a series of attempted robberies.
A federal grand jury on Thursday returned a 12-count indictment relating to three kidnappings the men allegedly planned and carried out over a four-month period last year with the aim of robbing either the victims or their employers .
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The men named in the complaint include Dennis Allen Hairston, 32, of Windsor Mill; Donte Voma Stanley, 31, of Rosedale; Vonne Tramont Dorsey, 28, of Gwynn Oak; and Franklin Jay Smith, 32, of Catonsville. They face charges of conspiracy, kidnapping, robbery, attempted robbery and carjacking, among other charges.
From May 2021 to August 2021, the men are accused of orchestrating the kidnappings of three people, two of whom worked for check cashing companies.
In each case, the group allegedly posed as police using emergency lights, police vests and badges before abducting the victim, blindfolding him and using force or the threat of force to force him or her to hand over anything of value or information.
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On May 5, the men chased after a clerk at a check cashing shop, pulled her out of her car at gunpoint, according to the indictment. She was handcuffed, blindfolded and placed in the back of a vehicle, where her attackers burned her with a blowtorch in an attempt to rob her job.
Ten days later, the group allegedly stopped a man in Edgewood, kidnapped him at gunpoint, taped his eyes and mouth shut, and burned him with a blowtorch to get money and other belongings from him.
In addition, the group is accused of kidnapping a second woman at gunpoint in early August as she was leaving the check cashing store where she worked. She was blindfolded and threatened with a gun by her captors, who wanted to get to her workplace to rob the place.
Dorsey, Stanley and Smith, who are in custody on related state charges, are scheduled to appear in federal court for the first time on May 2. Hairston, who is in federal custody in Pennsylvania on unrelated charges, has not yet scheduled a first appearance.
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Each defendant, if convicted, faces life in prison for kidnapping, up to 25 years for auto theft, a maximum of 20 years for robbery, and at least seven years for firearms.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/04/15/maryland-men-indictted-kidnapping-impersonating-police-blow-torch/ Maryland men accused of kidnapping and burning victim with blowtorch in series of attempted robberies – CBS Baltimore