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Four Arrested in Dagsboro Home Invasion

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Richard P. Lafontano, Jason A. Kashner, Caleb C. Connor. Richard P. Lafontano, Jason A. Kashner, Caleb C. Connor.
Heather Holmes Heather Holmes
DAGSBORO, Del.- Detectives with the Delaware State Police Major Crimes Unit have arrested four people in connection to an early Thursday morning home invasion that occurred in the Irons Acres development in Dagsboro.

Police said through interviews with the victims, they determined the home invasion was planned by the two people that live at the home in the 30000 block of Hoot Owl Lane.

Troopers say around 1:45 a.m. Thursday, two men, one brandishing a baseball bat and the other with an unknown type of handgun, entered the rear door of the home. Police say the two suspects confronted four victims in the living room and demanded cash. At one point, police say the suspect armed with the bat struck a 29-year-old male victim in the head before the pair left the home with an undisclosed amount of money.

According to police, the investigation revealed 30-year-old Heather Holmes, along with her boyfriend, 32-year-old Richard P. Lafontano, devised a plan to have two other friends come to the house and conduct the robbery.  Police say Holmes lives in the home and Lafontano rents the house. Police said the plan involved Lafontano leaving the home at a specified time, and while texting Holmes, allowing 34-year-old Caleb C. Connor, of Lewes, and 33-year-old Jason A. Kashner, also of Lewes, to enter the back unlocked door by silencing the alarm. Once inside, police said Connor and Kashner confronted two men, 24- and 29-years-old, a 23-year-old woman, and a 19-month-old female child in the living room.

Police said Connor and Kashner demanded cash and drugs from the victims and at one point, a struggle ensued between Kashner and the 24-year-old man resulting in that man being punched in the head. Troopers said that once the victims complied with the demands and turned over the money, the two fled from the home.
 
Police said the 24-year old male was slightly injured in the altercation, but refused any medical attention.  The other three victims were uninjured.
 
Detectives say they were able to locate Richard Lafontano, Caleb Connor, and Jason Kashner by mid Thursday morning and take them into custody.  Police say all three were charged with four counts of first-degree robbery, four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, home invasion, four counts of aggravated menacing, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, second-degree conspiracy, and endangering the welfare of a child. All three were arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $243,000 cash bond.  

Police said Holmes turned herself in to detectives at Troop 4 on Friday morning and was also charged with the same aforementioned offenses as the other suspects. She was ordered held in the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on $186,000 secured bond.
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