Suspects track, target high-stakes gambler in Maryland

Suspects track, target high-stakes gambler in Maryland (ABC7)

A Baltimore man was convicted Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court for a home invasion in which the children of a high-stakes gambler were tied up and held at gunpoint.

Kevin Darnell Carroll was convicted by a jury on six charges, including home invasion and two counts of first-degree assault.

Prosecutors say Carroll was one of two suspects involved. The case is still under investigation and the second man has not been charged.

According to court records, the two suspects targeted a Montgomery County man in fall 2015 who was gambling six days a week at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.

After witnessing that the victim was a wealthy gambler, the suspects allegedly placed a tracking device on his car so they could learn where he lived.

At about the same time, court records say the Germantown area man’s wife suspected he was cheating on her, so she hired a private detective. When that detective went to put a tracking device under the man’s car, he discovered there was already one there.

The private eye moved the tracking device to a different part of the car, and video he shot shows a suspect prosecutors say is Carroll searching unsuccessfully for it while trying to retrieve it.

But the suspects were still able to learn where the victim lived – in a rural neighborhood of million dollar homes not far from Darnestown.

On Nov. 17, 2015, court records say two suspects came to the home. The man they had tracked and his wife were not there, but when the couple’s young adult son and teen daughter came home the armed men approached them.

They tied them up, forcing the son to tell them where they could find money. The men got away with $6,000 and the teen girl’s $500 iPhone.

But they left behind a crucial piece of evidence used to convict Carroll. Prosecutors say his DNA was found on duct tape that had been placed over the girl’s mouth.

The children were not seriously hurt. Carroll was arrested in March 2016.

“We look forward to a stiff sentence in March,” said spokesman Ramon Korionoff with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, who says 46-year-old Carroll faces more than 80 years in prison.

Reached by phone Friday, Carroll’s attorney Andrew Jezic told ABC7 Carroll maintains that he is innocent.

“We look forward to a vigorous appeals process,” Jezic said.

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