Rosedale man pleads guilty in home invasions

A 25-year-old Rosedale man, one of five men federally charged in a series of armed home invasions, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy in federal court Wednesday. Trials for the four remaining defendants are pending.

Antowan Bell, a.k.a. "Antwone Bell," and three others conspired to rob the owner of the Sparrow's Point Restaurant at the man's home in September 2009, using a fake law enforcement badge to gain entry and handcuffing the victim to a kitchen chair, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. A statement of facts within Bell's plea agreement claims that four of the defendants later "rendezvoused in Atlantic City, N.J., where each received a portion of the robbery proceeds."

A November wire tap investigation uncovered plans for other home invasions, leading initially to the arrest of three defendants, followed by two more.. An indictment returned in March against the five men — Bell, Nikolaos Mamalis, Evangelos Tsoukatos, Daniel Chase and George Laloudakis — claims they conspired to commit multiple robberies in various configurations.

Bell faces a maximum of life in prison at his Jan. 13 sentencing.

tricia.bishop@baltsun.com

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