Anthony Erik Hebron, aka “Pain,” 23, of Washington, DC, and Darius Lawrence Young, aka “Mup,” 29, also of Washington, DC, pleaded guilty today and Tuesday, respectively, to conspiracy to commit kidnapping. , in connection with the kidnapping of a victim from a Maryland hotel and casino. Darius Young also pleaded guilty to possession of firearms and ammunition by a felon.
The guilty pleas were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Wayne Jacobs of the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Washington Field Office Criminal Division; and Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office.
According to their guilty pleas, on February 3, 2021, Young, Hebron, co-defendant Christopher Young, 26, of Washington, DC, co-defendant Lamar Perkins, 27, of Washington, DC, and co-conspirator 1 worked together to kidnap a victim from a Maryland casino and hotel.
As indicated in their pleadings, Hebron and Co-Conspirator 1 met with Victim A at a hotel and casino, where they made a false promise that they would procure women for Victim A if Victim A accompanied them to southeast Washington, D.C. Approximately at 7:30. am, Victim A agreed to travel to southeast Washington, DC in Co-Conspirator 1’s car with Hebron.
At 8:13 a.m., co-defendant Christopher Young called Darius Young to report that Hebron and co-conspirator 1 had “kidnapped” victim A. Shortly after co-conspirator 1, Hebron and victim A arrived in southeast DC , Darius and Christopher Young entered Co-conspirator 1’s vehicle with Victim A inside. Hebron then pointed a gun at Victim A. At that point, Hebron, Darius and Christopher Young, and Co-conspirator 1 took Victim A’s personal items, including wallet, cell phone, key to the hotel room and a watch valued at $500.
Hebron, Darius and Christopher Young, and co-conspirator 1 demanded the code to Victim A’s hotel safe. When Victim A refused, Hebron struck Victim A in the forehead with the gun. In response, Victim A told the co-conspirators the code to the hotel safe. Hebron then forced Victim A out of the car. Darius and Christopher Young then exited the vehicle with Victim A while Hebron and Co-Conspirator 1 returned to the hotel and casino to rob Victim A’s hotel room.
As Hebron and Co-Conspirator 1 traveled back to the hotel and casino, Darius and Christopher Young took Victim A at gunpoint to a boiler room inside a southeast DC apartment building Darius Young then called Perkins and directed him to find the police or anyone else who might hear or see Darius and Christopher Young with Victim A. Inside the boiler room, Darius and Christopher Young repeatedly assaulted Victim A, threatened his life, demanded the death of Victim A. PIN number from her ATM card and demanded information about items located in her hotel room. Darius and Christopher Young then relayed this information to Hebron and co-conspirator 1 over the phone.
Simultaneously, Hebron and Co-Conspirator 1 accessed Victim A’s hotel room where they stole Victim A’s property, including a gaming system, $1,500 in casino chips, and approximately $6,000 in cash.
As stated in their plea agreements, after members of the conspiracy stole items from Victim A’s hotel and left her inside the southeast DC apartment building, police saw Darius and Christopher Young walk away from the building. . Moments later, police located Victim A, who had sustained multiple injuries, including a bloody gash to her forehead, a broken nose, and cuts to her mouth and eye.
Co-defendants Lamar Perkins and Christopher Young pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping in February 2022 and are scheduled to be sentenced in May 2022.
Darius Young and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Young will be sentenced to between 12 and 13.5 years in federal prison. Hebron and the government have agreed that if the court accepts his guilty plea, Hebron will be sentenced to 14 years in federal prison. US District Judge George J. Hazel scheduled his sentencing for June 27, 2022 at 10 am and August 8, 2022 at 10 am; respectively.