Beltsville man pleads guilty in Pr. George's home robberies
In November and December, Leonard S. Riddle went on a crime spree, authorities said. With a partner, he invaded homes in College Park. The two men would beat and rob their victims, which included two older men who were disabled, authorities said.
On Friday, Riddle, 23, of Beltsville pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder, two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and one count of first-degree assault, according to State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey.
Authorities said Riddle and his alleged accomplice, Terrell W. Scipio, 23, became a two-man crime wave. (Scipio is schedule to go on trial July 19). The crimes were brazen and laced with violence, prosecutors said. Scipio allegedly took part in each of the attacks.
-- About 5 a.m. on Nov. 28, Sayeedul Hossain, 28, heard a noise coming from the front door of his College Park home, officials said.
Believing his roommates were trying to open the front door, Hossain opened it. He was met by Riddle and an accomplice, who struck Hossain in the face with a police baton and a wrench, officials said. The attackers dragged Hossain to the basement, where they bound him with TV cable.
The culprits then stole a 50-inch flat-screen TV, a wallet, a cellphone, personal checks, a Playstation3, a Dell laptop computer, a camera, the victim's INS and Social Security cards, a watch, and Hossain's 2004 Hyundai Accent.
As they gathered their loot, the two attackers would periodically return to Hossain to strike him, prosecutors said.
After the robbers left, Hossain freed himself and went to a neighbor's home for help. He was treated at Prince George's Hospital Center.
-- On Dec. 5, about 5:40 a.m., Riddle and his accomplice entered the home of Thomas M. Durlewanger, 56, of College Park, through an unlocked rear basement door, prosecutors said.
Durlewanger, who has one leg, heard sounds coming from the laundry area of his house. When he went to investigate, an attacker with a wrench poked Durlewanger. The attacker said, "This is not a game, where is the money at," prosecutors said.
Scipio allegedly struck the victim in the head, causing lacerations and bleeding, prosecutors said. Riddle and his accomplice took the victim's wallet, which had his identification and $225 in cash.
-- About 90 minutes after Durlewanger was attacked and robbed, Jack F. Ensor, 81, opened his front door in Beltsville after hearing a knock and a voice stating, "Open the door, Prince George's County police," prosecutors said.
Ensor, an 81-year-old man with one leg who lives alone, went to the door in his wheelchair and opened it. Riddle and his accomplice immediately struck Ensor in the face with a crowbar and wrench, knocking him to the floor. The attackers kept hitting Ensor after he fell to the ground.
As Ensor lay on the ground, dazed and bleeding, Riddle and his accomplice ransacked the house and demanded money and valuables, prosecutors said.
The robbers took a 19-inch TV and a .22-caliber pistol. As they left, Riddle and his accomplice turned a credenza onto Ensor, prosecutors said.
Ensor suffered a broken jaw, two broken cheek bones, two broken eye sockets, and lost a large amount of blood, authorities said. He was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center.
Police arrested Riddle later that day. In an interview that was audiotaped and videotaped, Riddle admitted his role in the robberies, and also implicated Scipio, prosecutors said.
Riddle is scheduled to be sentenced July 30 by Circuit Court Judge Larnzell Martin Jr. Under the terms of his plea deal, Riddle will be sentenced to 60 years in prison, prosecutors said.
-- Ruben Castaneda
June 2, 2010; 7:22 PM ET
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