NORRISTOWN — Three Philadelphia men are on their way to state prison for their roles in a home invasion robbery in Whitemarsh Township.
Deion Christian Powell, 20, of the 2400 block of North 11th Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 4½ to 9 years in a state correctional facility, to be followed by five years’ probation, on charges that included burglary, robbery, simple assault, unlawful restraint, possessing an instrument of crime and conspiracy in connection with a March 2018 incident.
Lonnie Turner, 20, of the 8200 block of Williams Avenue, also was sentenced to 4½ to 9 years in prison, to be followed by five years’ probation, on similar charges in connection with his role in the home invasion.
Rafiq Jamal Sumpter, 20, of the 1800 block of Pratt Street, was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison and five years’ probation for his role in the crime.
Judge Todd D. Eisenberg imposed the sentences during separate hearings in county court. Assistant District Attorney Kelli Ann McGinnis sought lengthy prison terms against each man.
The investigation began shortly before midnight on March 5, 2018, when township police responded to a residence in the 4100 block of Jackson Drive after a homeowner reported he awoke to find several people, “wearing black clothing, masks and gloves,” in his bedroom, according to the criminal complaint filed by Whitemarsh Detective James Cotter.
“They bound him with duct tape, threatened and terrorized him with knives and forced him to provide the code to unlock his computer, iPod and cellphones at knife point,” Cotter alleged, adding the actors also forced the victim to turn over the pin number to a bank debit card.
The victim said one of the men had him in a choke hold at one point during the incident.
“They were in the victim’s home for approximately 30 minutes ransacking the house and taking numerous items before stealing the victim’s car,” Cotter alleged.
The victim eventually was able to free himself from the bindings and contact police.
Investigators recovered the victim’s vehicle unoccupied nearby, and lying in the street were items that belonged to the victim and items that did not, according to court documents. Detectives said the items had been left behind while the actors allegedly transferred items from the victim’s vehicle to another vehicle, subsequently identified as a 2010 Toyota Highlander.
The victim determined that his debit card had been used at a Walmart along Blair Mill Road in Willow Grove about a half hour after the home invasion and that several withdrawals also were made from the account at automatic teller machines In Lafayette Hill, Wyncote and Glenside, according to the arrest affidavit.
Investigators obtained video surveillance footage from the Walmart that depicted the actors arriving there in the Toyota Highlander and making the fraudulent purchase in the amount of $1,118 with the victim’s debit card, according to the arrest affidavit. The video surveillance helped investigators identify the suspects, court documents indicate.