Four men, three from Palmerton and the other from Bucks County, face felony robbery and burglary charges stemming from a Dec. 18 home invasion at 214 E. Snyder Ave., Lansford.
Joshua Barlip, 18, 450 Lafayette Avenue; Ryan Dillman, 21, 335 Forest Drive, Little Gap Estate and Jarred Dillman, 19, 335 Forest Drive, Little Gap Estate, all of Palmerton, and Justin Nahf, 20, 148 S. Main St., Dublin, were each charged with two counts of robbery, one count of burglary, one count of criminal trespass, all felonies, and two counts each of criminal trespass.
Ryan and Jarred Dillman and Nahf were apprehended shortly after the incident and Barlip called police to turn himself in on December 19, police said. All were arraigned before on-call District Judge Joseph Homanko of Weatherly and were jailed in Carbon County prison under $100,000 bail.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by borough detective Jack Soberick, at 9:24 p. m. officers Josh Tom and Tom Forte responded to a report of an armed robbery at 214 E. Snyder Ave.
At 9:27 p. m. , both officers arrived on scene and witnessed the four men running away from the victim's home. Three - the Dillmans and Nahf - attempted to evade officers by running to the rear of homes along that block. Three were caught, but Barlip got away.
The three who were caught were wearing or were in possession of or was found near the defendants three blue paisley bandannas. Nahf still had his tied around his neck, partially covering his face. Found in the yard where the three were captured were an aluminum baseball bat and a lock-back style knife.
One of the victims, Derek Hunsicker, said he heard people at his front door and, as he went to see who was there and opened his door, a group of people immediately pushed their way into the house. One of those people brandished what appeared to be some type of black, semi-automatic handgun which he began waving around.
Hunsicker said he was pushed down and was then struck or pistol-whipped on his forehead over his left eye. The actor with the gun was yelling at him to "shut up. "
Hunsicker said he knew the man to be Barlip.
During this encounter, Hunsicker said he was in fear for his life. Hunsicker was taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, via ambulance for treatment of his head injuries.
Another victim, Ricky Hunsicker, said he heard the commotion and saw the four men pushing their way into the house, with one brandishing a weapon. He saw another try to take his Xbox 360 game system. Ricky Hunsicker said he fled to the basement and called 911. He could hear the men yelling and demanding money. Ricky Hunsicker said he ran upstairs and yelled that he had called police. He said he was also in fear for his safety, especially with the armed subject not in police custody.
After processing the scene, each co-defendant was provided his Miranda warnings. Soberick wrote that he asked Nahf why he would do something like that, Nahf responded "because they are bes."
Soberick then asked that, if that's true, why did he need a gun. Nahf replied that "I didn't have a gun. I had a bat."
All the defendants who were in custody were again given their Miranda warnings and provided written statements. The statements from the Dillmans said that all four had traveled to 214 E. Snyder Ave. in order to purchase "weed," that Barlip entered the house and began yelling and did brandish some type of handgun.
Ryan Dillman stated that he witnessed Barlip wearing a bandanna across his face and holding the weapon with a bandanna wrapped around the grip. In addition, Nahf was also wearing a bandanna.
Nahf's written statement indicated the group had the idea to go and take Rickey Hunsicker's drugs and money. He stated that they walked to the entry door and then ran into the home; one of the defendants had a BB gun and the other two had knives. Nahf said the victims "wouldn't give the stuff up so Josh pistol-whipped Derek."