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A White Plains man recently cleared of charges in a violent crime two years ago was among three arrested during the weekend for an alleged armed robbery in La Plata.

Kenneth Dionel Brawner, 22, had been awaiting trial for his alleged involvement in the August 2012 beating of a newspaper deliveryman in his 60s that left the man with permanent injuries. All charges against Brawner in that matter were dropped May 19, according to online court records. Charles County State’s Attorney Anthony B. Covington said the charges in that matter were dropped due to insufficient evidence.

Brawner, along with 24-year-old Keith Brandon Digiorgio of La Plata and 21-year-old Matthew John Ambort, also of La Plata, allegedly arrived late Friday night at a home in the 1000 block of Norfolk Drive. One of the occupants of the home came outside and saw Brawner standing in the middle of the lawn, according to police reports. He threatened some of those present, allegedly saying, “I need $500 not to kick your ass,” before pulling out a knife. Brawner then allegedly put the knife to one of the victim’s throats and threatened to kill him. Brawner also allegedly held a broken bottle against the neck of another victim and threatened to get a gun and kill the two men and one’s family.

Two of the victims were allegedly forced into a car and were being driven to get the money with the broken bottle still held to their throats. Digiorgio drove one of the victim’s cars along with Brawner and with Ambort and the two victims in the backseat, according to police reports.

Two other victims remained behind and were able to call police. When officers arrived, Ambort allegedly refused to answer any questions, and Brawner became belligerent, threatening to kill the arresting officer and the victims, police said.

Brawner is being held without bail at the Charles County jail, while Ambort and Digiorgio are both being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. All three men face charges of armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, armed carjacking, kidnapping, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment.

lrenner@somdnews.com