2 women charged with kidnappings, robberies in Md.

WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two women are charged in two recent kidnappings and burglaries in Charles County, including the abduction of a 70-year-old man and 17-year-old boy.

Charles County Sheriff's Office authorities say 34-year-old Tonya Renae Riffe and 27-year-old Lila Juanita Smith, both of Waldorf, are charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, use of a firearm in commission with a felony and theft.

They are accused of abducting a 70-year-old man who was walking toward his car in the parking lot of Food Lion at 100 Drury Drive in La Plata on April 23 at 1 p.m. According to authorities, a white female approached, placed an object to his back and told the man to get in his car or she would harm him. The man followed her demands. She told him to drive a short distance where they stopped and picked up a black female, say authorities. The women then told the man to drive to a nearby bank but he claimed he did not use a bank so they demanded to be dropped off in a neighborhood in Waldorf, say authorities.

Three days later, on April 26 at 5:30 a.m., a 17-year-old male was leaving the Westlake Dash-In at 2007 Smallwood Drive. Authorities say as he approached his car near the gas pumps, he noticed a white female standing near the driver's side. She took out a gun and told him to get in the car. Once inside the car, authorities say, she told the teen to drive a short distance where they picked up a black female. He was then instructed to drive to a nearby ATM. Authorities say he was not able to get money from the ATM so the women took the money from his wallet before getting out at a nearby business.

On April 27 at 4 a.m., officers responded to a drug store on Leonardtown Road in Waldorf for a shoplifting in progress. They spotted the suspects' car in the parking lot, say authorities. A computer check revealed the car was stolen. When officers made contact with the suspects they noted that the women matched the description of the two women responsible for the earlier abductions and robberies.

The women were taken into custody. Officers then executed a search warrant at a house where the women were living. Authorities say officers recovered a black BB gun and other evidence linking Riffe and Smith to the robberies.

The women are being held at the Charles County Detention Center.


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