Indictment charges five men with kidnapping, robbing jewelry store

A federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport on May 31 returned a 13-count indictment charging Timothy Forbes, 31, William Davis, 25, and Jeffrey Houston, 26, all of Allentown, Pa.; Christopher Gay, 27, of Bronx, N.Y.; and Kasam Hennix, 39, of Easton, Pa., with kidnapping four Meriden residents and robbing a Fairfield jewelry store of millions of dollars in merchandise in April.

As alleged in previously filed court documents, at approximately 9 p.m. on April 11, at least four men wearing masks and gloves, two of whom were armed with handguns, broke into an apartment on Gravel Street in Meriden, bound four victims with duct tape and covered their heads with pillowcases, towels and jackets. Three of the perpetrators then forced two of the victims into a victim’s vehicle and drove to Lenox Jewelers in Fairfield, where the two victims worked.

At the store, the perpetrators stole jewelry, watches and loose diamonds valued at between $4 million and $5 million. They then fled in the victim’s car, leaving the two victims bound inside the store.

The indictment charges each of the five defendants with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, four counts of kidnapping, one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce through robbery, two counts of interference with commerce through robbery, two counts of interference with commerce by threats and violence and three counts of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Davis, Houston, Gay and Hennix have been detained since their arrests on May 22, and Forbes has been detained since his arrest on state charges earlier this month.

The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of gemstones, jewelry, watches and more than $127,000 in cash seized from Davis, Gay and Houston on May 22, as well as Houston’s vehicle.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum term of imprisonment of life on each of the kidnapping charges, a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years on each of the interference with commerce charges and a consecutive term of imprisonment of seven years on each charge of using a firearm during the crime.

The case has been assigned to United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S Attorneys Tracy Lee Dayton and Douglas P. Morabito.

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