MEDFORD Twp., N.J., (CBS) – Two men have been charged with attempted murder and other offenses after authorities say they allegedly conspired to kill a quadriplegic man during home invasions at the victim’s home in Medford Township.
Mark Halcomb Jr., 19, and Dominic Juliano, 18, both of Mt. Laurel, were arrested on July 18th for conspiracy to commit murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, armed robbery, burglary, theft and weapons offenses.
Medford Township Police say five other men have also been arrested in connection with the three home invasions at the victim’s home.
Police say Juliano and Halcomb had allegedly conspired to kill the 47-year-old disabled man during the first home invasion on February 24, 2013.
According to authorities, Juliano, Halcomb, Kyle Krosnodomskie, 18, of Mt. Laurel, and Mohamed Abdelfatah, 20, of Bellmawr, entered the victim’s home while he slept.
Authorities say Juliano was armed with a knife and allegedly attempted to kill the victim as he slept in his wheelchair. However, authorities say he was stopped by one of the co-defendants before injuring the victim.
On May 4, 2013 at about 2 a.m., police say Halcomb, Juliano and Andrey Lesyuk, 19, of Philadelphia, returned with the intention of burglarizing the victim’s home, however they fled after discovering the victim was awake.
Three days later, Halcomb, Lesyuk, Marcello Ferreira, 19, of Philadelphia, and Alfred Rizzo, 20, of Moorestown, returned to the victim’s home and allegedly stole a safe containing jewelry, knives and personal documents.
Authorities say the investigation revealed that Halcomb had allegedly orchestrated the three incidents, recruiting associates to commit these crimes.
Police say the arrests were a result of a five month investigation.
Halcomb was lodged in Burlington County Jail in lieu of $855,000 bail.
Juliano was arrested at his Mt. Laurel home and lodged Burlington County Jail in lieu of $800,000 bail. His 2010 Dodge Challenger used during the commission of the crime was seized by police.
Krosnodomskie was arrested in Ocean City, Maryland and awaits an extradition hearing.
Rizzo was charged and released.
Abdelfatah, Lesyuk, Ferreira, were charged and are currently wanted by police.