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October 11, 2013

Police: Armed trio robbed drug dealers

Two men and a woman were being held at Delaware County Correctional Facility on Thursday night after they were charged in what authorities called a brazen home-invasion robbery motivated by a desire to take money and drugs.

Arrested this week on a sealed indictment were Amanda M. Gahan, 27, of Walton; Leon G. Grizzard, 27, of South Kortright; and Andrew T. Dougherty of Delhi.

The arrests were carried out by Delaware County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted by the department’s new K-9 member, “Ozzie,” and state troopers based at the Margaretville/Stamford station.

Gahan and Grizzard were arrested at a Hobart residence, where police said they seized a quantity of heroin, hypodermic instruments and marijuana.

Undersheriff Craig DuMond said the trio last year invaded a home in the town of Tompkins, occupied then by a local couple involved in the drug trade. Once inside, the three allegedly bound the man and the woman and pistol-whipped both of them.

At the time, they were clad in black clothing and at least one was wearing a patch stating “DEA” — the initials of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, he said.

The victims of the home invasion were identified by authorities as Christopher Pashley, 30, and Kimberly Pashley-Johns, 29, both of Walton. The two were among seven people who were charged by the Sheriff’s Department in December on charges of selling heroin.

The Delaware County Probation Department officers also assisted in the investigation into the robbery.

Gahan, Grizzard and Dougherty were charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, petit larceny and criminal mischief.

Grizzard and a fourth person who has not been implicated in the home invasion, Jeremy A. Key, 35, of Hobart, were charged with possessing marijuana and a hypodermic instrument.

Dougherty was arrested at the county jail where he is serving a sentence for an unrelated crime.

Key was issued an appearance ticket Tuesday afternoon directing him to appear in the Town of Stamford Court to answer his charges. Grizzard and Gahan will be arraigned on the drug-related charges in the Town of Stamford Court at a later date, officials said.

DuMond said the investigation into the home invasion is continuing and noted there may be an additional arrest.

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