Last week, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Michael Mason sentenced Kevin Darnell Carroll, 46, of Baltimore to 40 years in prison. Carroll was convicted on February 2 of crimes in connection with a home invasion and armed robbery of a brother and sister in their Germantown home back in November of 2015.
Prosecutors proved that Carroll, of the 800 block of North Eutaw Street in Baltimore and charged him in connection with the home invasion robbery which took place in the far southern area of Germantown near Darnestown.
On November 17, 2015, at approximately 8:53 pm, 1st District officers responded to a residence in the 14900 block of Kelley Farm Drive in Germantown for the report of a home invasion robbery. The investigation determined that a 21-year-old male victim and a 14-year-old female victim were entering the home through the garage when they were approached by two suspects wearing ski masks and armed with handguns, according to police.
The suspects bound both victims in the garage with zip ties and placed duct tape over the mouth of the female victim. One suspect led the male victim through the home, asking where money was kept. The suspects obtained cash and property from the home and fled the area. The victims were able to free themselves from the zip ties and call 9-1-1, said police. No injuries were reported.
Carroll was sentenced to 20 years for Home Invasion, 15 years for the armed robbery against the male,15 years for the armed robbery against the female resident, and five years mandatory sentence for the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. The two 15 year sentences for armed robbery are to be served concurrently, leaving a total sentence of 40 years in prison.
“The sentence is appropriate for this defendant,” said Ramon Korionoff with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. “40 years for a violent, predatory, sophisticated and well planned home invasion is commensurate with this crime. Mr. Darnell must face the consequences for his actions.”
Last month Assistant State’s Attorney Donna Fenton and Assistant State’s Attorney Lauren Turner obtained the conviction on all charges after the Montgomery County jury deliberated for just under three hours.
According to court documents, a private investigator hired by the wife of the victim prior to the robbery had followed the husband to the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, a location the homeowner was often frequenting. While the man was inside the casino, the private investigator videotaped a man place a GPS tracking device on the man’s vehicle.
The suspects then used information provided by the tracking device to determine the residents’ address to commit the home invasion robbery, police said. Carroll and another stole approximately $6,000 and an iPhone during the robbery.
Investigators recovered DNA evidence from the duct tape, zip ties, and the GPS tracking device and entered the DNA into a national database for analysis. Montgomery County Police were notified that the DNA recovered from the evidence belonged to Kevin Darnell Carroll.
On February 29, 2016, detectives obtained a warrant for Carroll’s arrest. In March of 2016, detectives executed a search warrant at Carroll’s residence in Baltimore and recovered a ski mask and handgun that they believe were used during this home invasion robbery.
Police are still looking for the second suspect they believe worked with Carroll in the home invasion.
Top: Kevin Darnell Carroll was convicted in February and last week was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the home invasion and armed robbery which happened in a Germantown home in November of 2015.
Next: An evidence photo of the duct tape investigators found in the Kelley Farm Drive home of the victims.
Next: An evidence bag containing the zip ties which Carroll and his accomplice used to bind the victims.
Next: An evidence photo of the ransacked home of the victims.
Next: A screen grab of the video taken by the private investigator of Carroll placing the GPS tracking device on the victim’s vehicle at the Baltimore casino.
Photos courtesy Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.