Home invasion suspect pleads not guilty
The second of two men accused of being involved in a home invasion has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.
Deondra Dashawn Kight, 22, of Rochester, was charged Dec. 18 with three counts of felony first-degree aggravated robbery-aid and abet; and two counts of felony first-degree burglary in the incident, which was reported about 10 p.m. Dec. 15.
That's when officers responded to a home in the 200 block of 13 1/2 Ave. Southeast, where the residents, a 22-year-old male and a 23-year-old female, were home with their 6-year-old child.
A 26-year-old male who was staying at the home was outside smoking; when he came into the home, he was followed inside by two masked men armed with handguns, the report says. One of the men was Kight, the other was Javaar Yavonnie Kalem Watkins, 23, of Rochester, investigators said.
The 22-year-old male victim told police he knew Watkins from the past and school, and recognized his voice. According to the criminal complaint, both men later lifted their masks, confirming it was Watkins.
The suspects held the occupants — including the child — at gunpoint, on one occasion holding a gun to the head of the 22-year-old, the complaint says. The man also was punched in the face by Watkins; as they struggled, the woman and other man were able to flee the house with the two children who were in the home, the report says.
The suspects allegedly stole several hundred dollars in cash.
Watkins was arrested two days later in the 1200 block of Eighth Avenue Southeast during a traffic stop, Sherwin said. Kight, who was positively identified by all three victims through a photo lineup, was arrested Dec. 27.
Both men have been released on bond and are scheduled to be back in court June 26.