Two men who were charged overnight by Milford police in the armed robbery of a newlywed couple were ordered held without bail at arraignment, pending a "dangerousness" hearing.
Richard D. Booker and Rashad J. Blount are accused of a home invasion robbery at Rolling Green apartments, in which a young couple was robbed of more than $7,000 in wedding cash and checks.
Blount, 25, of 347 Bowdoin St., Apt. 2, Dorchester, and Booker, 26, of 41 Courtland St., Apt. 2, Middleboro, were ordered held without bail Thursday by District Judge Robert Calagione until a so-called "dangerousness" hearing Nov. 1.
The hearing will determine if they are a danger to the community, and should continue to be held without bail until trial.
Both men have been charged with home invasion, larceny from a building, burglary, assault with a firearm, possessing a firearm during a felony, armed and masked robbery, armed assault in a dwelling, conspiracy, possession of a firearm withouth identification or a license to carry, and for Booker, impersonation of a police officer, according to police.
Blount and Booker both pleaded not guilty to all charges at Milford District Court. They will be appointed attorneys.
According to police, Blount, Booker and another assailant posed as pizza delivery men and forced themselves inside the apartment of a 23-year-old couple at Rolling Green Apartments. The couple, who had just returned from their honeymoon, had $5,000 in cash and nearly $2,000 in checks in a safe in the apartment, according to court records.
The couple was threatened with a handgun, and robbed of the money by the men, police said. The assailants initially were unmasked, when they posed as pizza deliverymen, but then put on head masks and socks or gloves on their hands once they were inside the apartment, police said.
According to a statement filed by Milford Police Detective Jason Ball, the woman victim called police on Tuesday. She said two of their friends had been "strange and distant" with them following the Sept. 29 robbery. She realized they had been in the apartment 45 minutes before the incident, the woman told police.
This couple knew they had just gotten back from their honeymoon and "had the cash from their wedding in the apartment because of the safe," Ball's statement said.
The woman victim said she went onto Facebook, onto the couple's pages, and found among their friends the photos of two men "and immediately identified" Richard Booker as being one of the robbery assailants, Ball wrote. She also identified Booker and Blount's photos in a police photo array, the detective wrote.
Milford Police say the investigation is continuing.