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AUBURN — Three Cayuga County residents each face three felonies for their alleged involvement in a violent robbery.

On Jan. 26, Cayuga County Sheriff's Office deputies and state police were dispatched to a reported stabbing on Dublin Hill Road in Ledyard. A victim, who was beaten and repeatedly stabbed, was ultimately taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse to be treated for his injuries.

Three suspects were later located and arrested. Dijon Starling-Harvey, 19, of 9 Spring St., Auburn; Mia Loiacono, 22, of 2496 Bentley School Road, Weedsport; and William Vest, 28, of 110 Olympia Terrace, Auburn, were each taken into custody without incident.

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said Loiacono was driving a car when the victim got into the front seat. Starling-Harvey and Vest, sitting in the back of the car, then allegedly attacked the victim. Budelmann said there was potentially a handgun involved and that the victim was repeatedly stabbed with a knife, including in the face. Money and phones were stolen from the victim.

The sheriff's office previously reported that the victim knew the attackers, and that the incident stemmed from a disagreement.

In Cayuga County Court Tuesday, the three defendants were arraigned on three class B felonies: first-degree assault, and two counts of first-degree robbery. The assault charge indicates the trio intended to cause serious physical injury. All three pleaded not guilty.

Vest and Starling-Harvey remain in Cayuga County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond bail. Loiacono posted $20,000 bond. They are are all due back in court May 14.

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Staff writer Megan Ehrhart can be reached at (315) 282-2244 or Follow her on Twitter @MeganEhrhart.


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