Man Who Kidnapped 80-Year-Old Potomac Woman Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison

Man Who Kidnapped 80-Year-Old Potomac Woman Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison

Authorities say Dove robbed victim at knifepoint

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Robert Allen Dove

Photo via Montgomery County State's Attorney

A Poolesville man who kidnapped an 80-year-old Potomac woman and robbed her at knifepoint last year was sentenced to 17 years in prison Friday.

Robert Allen Dove, 40, escaped from a pre-release prison program on Oct. 13, 2018, in Rockville and went to the woman’s home the next day, according to court documents. Dove told the woman he was hired by her homeowners’ association to inspect the roof.

After a brief conversation, Dove forced his way past her into the home, displayed a knife and demanded money and jewelry. She gave him more than $350 and a gold chain, according to court documents. Dove later identified himself and told her he was in the pre-release program.

Dove then ordered the woman to drive him to a farm in Poolesville where he grew up. After driving onto a field, the woman drove to a restaurant “in an effort at self-preservation,” court documents said.

The woman then drove Dove to a hotel on Rockville Pike, where she paid for him to stay three nights. Then, she drove away, leaving him at the hotel.

The woman went to a friend’s home to seek refuge, telling the friend that she worried Dove would hurt her if she called police immediately. She called the police the next day.

Police had issued a warrant for Dove’s arrest while he was with the woman because he had violated his pre-release agreement. They found him at the hotel the next day and arrested him.

He was charged with home invasion, armed robbery, first-degree assault and kidnapping.

During Friday’s hearing, Judge David Lease sentenced Dove to 25 years, suspending all but 14 years for the home invasion charge and all but three years for the escape charge, according to Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Korionoff wrote in an email that Dove will appear in court next week for violations of parole in prior cases and could receive more prison time.

Korionoff praised the woman for her quick thinking during the kidnapping.

“Thank goodness this 80 year-old woman was not physically harmed,” Korionoff wrote in an email. “This sentence is substantial and will hold Robert Dove accountable.”

Edward Barnidge, a defense attorney for Dove, could not be reached for comment Friday.

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