Women arrested after kidnapping, robbery spree
Pair allegedly forced men to drive to ATMs
Two Waldorf women have been charged with committing a series of recent robberies and kidnappings.
Tonya Renae Riffe, 34, and Lila Juanita Smith, 27, first allegedly abducted a 70-year-old man last Wednesday afternoon from the parking lot of the Food Lion in La Plata, after Riffe put an object to the man’s back and demanded he get in his car and drive. The victim drove a short distance, according to a Charles County Sheriff’s Office press release, and they picked up Smith. They demanded that the man drive them to an ATM, according to the release, but the man said he did not use a bank and so they told him to drop them in a Waldorf neighborhood.
Early Saturday morning the pair allegedly pulled a similar routine at the Westlake Dash In off St. Patrick’s Drive in Waldorf. Riffe pointed a gun at a 17-year-old boy and told him to get in his car and drive, picking up Smith a short time later. Ultimately, according to the release, the boy could not retrieve money from the ATM and they took the money from his wallet and left.
Around 4 a.m. Sunday, officers arrived at a Leonardtown Road drugstore in response to a reported shoplifting in progress, according to the release. A stolen car was found in the parking lot, and Smith and Riffe were taken into custody.
A search of their home allegedly turned up a black BB gun and other evidence linking the pair to the crimes.
Both women face kidnapping and armed robbery charges, along with weapons, theft and assault charges. They are being held at the Charles County jail in lieu of $500,000 bond for Riffe and $100,000 for Smith, according to online court records.