Gaithersburg Man Pleads Guilty to Four Chipotle Robberies
A Gaithersburg man pleaded guilty to federal charges and faces up to life in prison for robbing four Chipotle restaurants, including one in Gaithersburg and one in Damascus.
According to the plea agreement, between July 22 and November 25, 2012, Lamont Bonds, 26, of Gaithersburg and his girlfriend Marvel Alegria of Gaithersburg committed armed robberies at four Chipotle restaurants- Hagerstown, Gaithersburg, Damascus and Mt. Airy where Alegria had worked as restaurant manager until she was fired July 17, 2012. In each robbery, Bonds forced the restaurant manager to open the store’s safe at gunpoint.
Alegria told Bonds the best time to commit the robbery, how to access the restaurant, where the safe was located and that the manager had access to the safe, according to the plea agreement. On July 22, 2012, Bonds and Alegria recruited Norman Guifarro to participate in the robbery, which was planned for that evening.
According to the plea agreement, Bonds and Guifarro entered the restaurant wearing masks Bonds had made from T-shirts. Bonds, armed with a shotgun, forced the manager into the office at gunpoint and took money from the safe, while Guifarro, armed with a knife, held the remainder of the employees on the floor in the kitchen area. Bonds and Guifarro fled after forcing the employees into a bathroom. Bonds and Guifarro stole $5,000 in cash, which they later divided among themselves and Alegria, according to the release.
Bonds, armed with what appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol, robbed Chipotle restaurants in Hagerstown on Aug. 4, 2012; at 564 North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg on Oct. 21, 2012 and 9815 Main Street in Damascus on Nov. 25, 2012 using similar methods as in the first robbery, according to the plea agreement. In the Aug. 4th robbery, Bonds and another man stole $9,400 in cash from the safe. Alegria drove Bonds to and from the Gaithersburg and Damascus robberies where Bonds stole $7,000 and $3,500, respectively. In each robbery, Bonds forced the manager to open the safe at gunpoint, according to the agreement.
Bonds faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prions for the robbery and a minimum of seven years, consecutive to any other sentence, and up to life in prison, for brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett scheduled Bonds’ sentencing for Nov. 24.
Alegria, previously pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. Guifarro pleaded guilty to the Mt. Airy robbery in Carroll County Circuit Court and is awaiting sentencing, according to the press release.
A Gaithersburg man, who is behind four armed robberies in Mt. Airy, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown and Damascus, was sentenced on Nov. 24 to 125 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. According to a press release, Lamont Bonds, 26, robbed Chipotle restaurants with the help of his girlfriend Marvel Alegria, 24, of Gaithersburg. U.S. […]
A Gaithersburg man pleaded guilty to federal charges and faces up to life in prison for robbing four Chipotle restaurants, including one in Gaithersburg and one in Damascus. According to the plea agreement, between July 22 and November 25, 2012, Lamont Bonds, 26, of Gaithersburg and his girlfriend Marvel Alegria of Gaithersburg committed armed robberies at four […]
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