A Westminster man was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 28, after DNA evidence allegedly linked him to a May robbery and home invasion in Finksburg.
Christopher Lee Hommey, 25, of the 500 block of Crossbridge Drive, was charged with seven counts including home invasion, first-degree burglary and armed robbery. He is being held without bond following a Wednesday bail review.
According to the statement of charges, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported home invasion and burglary in Finksburg on May 20.
A neighbor told police they had observed three men forcing entry into an apartment armed with handguns. The resident of the apartment told police he had been sleeping when he heard a noise, and then observed two white men and one black man enter the apartment. They were wearing dark clothing and their faces were covered.
Two, who he described as white males about 160 pounds and between 5-foot-11 and 6-2 were carrying firearms, according to the statement.
Percy Lee Brown, 45, of the 9000 block of Painted Tree Drive, Randallstown is charged with first and second degree burglary, robbery, use of a firearm in a violent crime, second degree assault and impersonating a police officer, among other charges.
He said the men yelled, “Sheriff’s Office, get on the ground,” as they entered the residence. One slapped the resident of the apartment in the face before the three “ransacked” the apartment, stealing approximately $4,545 worth of clothing, jewelry and electronics, and causing approximately $500 in damage to the ceiling and doors, according to the statement.
Percy Lee Brown, 45, of Randallstown, was arrested allegedly attempting to flee the scene as deputies arrived there that evening. He was indicted on seven counts including first-degree burglary and impersonating a police officer on June 6, and released on $25,000 bail July 3, according to electronic court records.
The apartment resident believed he recognized one of the men as Hommey, who he knew previously, according to the statement.
Deputies located a black cloth mask and a black BB gun near the area where the two white men fled. The mask was sent for testing at the Maryland State Police Crime Lab, and on Aug. 21, results were returned that indicated a “high stringency match” with DNA on file for Hommey, according to the statement.
It was not immediately clear from charging documents if the third suspect has been identified.