Police: Egremont men lured would-be pot buyers into armed ambush
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Two Egremont men are facing multiple felony charges, including armed robbery, after ambushing two man who were trying to buy marijuana on Thursday evening, according to Great Barrington police.
Theodore Labonte, 20, and Andrew Dupont, 20, allegedly hatched a scheme to lure the pair to a wooded area and rob them, according to Police Chief William R. Walsh.
About 6 p.m., two men arrived at Seekonk Cross Lane and met up with Labonte, who allegedly led one of the men down Bridle Path Lane. Dupont, wearing a mask and holding a shotgun, then jumped out from behind some shrubbery, and demanded money from the man, police said.
When the man turned and ran, Dupont threw the shotgun at him and began chasing him down the road, police said.
Dupont caught up to the man and tackled him. He punched the man and placed him in a chokehold. He then was forced into a vehicle by Dupont and Labonte, still at gunpoint. He was released down the road.
The second man fled to a nearby house and called the police.
Sgt. William Bartini and Officer Christopher Peebles arrived, and after interviewing the victim, determined Dupont may be involved.
They drove to Dupont's residence, where they noticed a car, which had been described as the one in the kidnapping, leaving the driveway.
Police stopped the vehicle and, after a brief investigation, placed Dupont under arrest. Labonte was arrested soon after at his home.
Police later recovered the shotgun and the mask used in the robbery, and impounded the car. It was not clear how much money was stolen.
The incident remains under investigation, Walsh said, and further arrests may be forthcoming.
Labonte was charged with one count each of armed robbery, armed kidnapping, witness intimidation, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm without a license.
Dupont was been charged with one count each of armed and masked robbery, witness intimidation, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm without a license, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault to rob while armed.
They were held overnight at the Great Barrington lockup on $50,000 bail.
At their arraignment on Friday in Southern Berkshire District Court, Judge Fredric Rutberg ordered Dupont held on $100,000 bail and Labonte on $20,000 bail.
He also ordered that if Labonte makes bail, he will be released to an in-house patient rehabilitation facility and wear a tracking bracelet. Both were remanded to the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.
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