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 people are facing robbery and assault charges stemming from a reported incident early …
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.