Two Add'l Arrests in Montgomery Armed Robbery
By Barbara A. Preston l July 1, 2021
Police announced on July 1 that they arrested two local adults in connection to an armed robbery that took place earlier this year in Montgomery Township. A third young man had been arrested in April.
Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson announced the arrests of Kayla S. Burnett, 20, of Country Lane, Ewing and Samuel P. Dyal, 18, of Wessex Place, Princeton Junction, in relation to the armed robbery, which occurred on Sunday, January 17, 2021 in the area of Lancaster Court in the Pike Run Village section of Montgomery Township.
Police had arrested George C. Battle 4th, 18, of Drewes Court, Lawrence Township on April 28 in relation to the same robbery, and charged with 1st degree Armed Robbery, 2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, 2nd degree Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and 2nd degree Luring for his involvement in the robbery.
The victim, a juvenile who does not live in Montgomery Township, told police on January 25 that he had made arrangements to meet with an individual through a social media application to conduct a narcotic transaction in Montgomery on Sunday, January 17 at 6:30 pm. Why the rendezvous point was in Pike Run Village is unknown.
Upon arrival, the victim said a male entered the passenger seat of his vehicle and pointed a gun at him while a second male entered the rear seat of his vehicle and demanded his wallet, cellular phone, car keys, and hat. The two male suspects physically removed the victim from his vehicle and ordered him into a silver BMW sedan driven by a female suspect.
The male suspect with the gun hit the victim over the head with the butt of the gun and a ski mask was placed over the victim’s head. The victim was driven to a nearby ATM where he was instructed to withdraw money. The victim withdrew $420 and handed it over to the suspects.
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Detectives from the Somerset County Major Crimes Unit and the Montgomery Township Police Department conducted an investigation into the robbery. Police identified Kayla Burnett and Samuel Dyal as the two additional individuals involved in the robbery.
Police arrested Burnett on Wednesday, May 26, and transported her to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office in Somerville without incident. Prosecutor Robertson stated that Burnett has been charged with 3rd degree Theft by Unlawful Taking. Burnett was released pending a court date in this matter.
Dyal was arrested at a relative’s residence in East Windsor on Thursday, May 27 without incident.
Dyal has been charged with 1st degree Armed Robbery, 2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun,
2nd degree Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and 2nd degree Luring. Defendant Dyal was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing in this matter.