MAXATAWNY TWP., Pa. - Two people are behind bars in connection with an armed home robbery that terrorized an older Mennonite couple in Maxatawny Township.
Ray Marcelino, 23, and Corrinia Rismiller, 42, both of Alburtis, Lehigh County, are charged with robbery, theft and other offenses.
On the afternoon of Nov. 26, 2015, Rismiller, Marcelino and a man believed to be his cousin drove to a rural home on Hinterleiter Road, police said.
While Rismiller waited in the car, the two men allegedly stormed into the house, where a 75-year-old man and his 70-year-old wife were inside.
According to court documents, the wife managed to escape out a backdoor, flag down a passing motorist and call 911. Meantime, the husband was threatened by the pair at gunpoint, ordered to lie on the floor and hand over cash, police said.
"He was told 'give us all your money or we'll shoot you,'" said Pennsylvania State Police Tpr. David Beohm.
The duo then fled the home with cash and credit/debit cards.
Shortly after, both Rismiller and Marcelino (pictured) went shopping with the victims' cards, according to court documents.
Records show that four fraudulent transactions of more than $1,800 were made over the next few days at stores in Berks and Lehigh counties.
In one instance, a card was denied, and Rismiller proceeded to steal items from the store, police said.
Beohm told 69 News that several of the thefts were caught on surveillance cameras.
Rismiller and Marcelino were arrested this week; Rismiller is in the Lehigh County Prison and Marcelino is in the Berks County Jail.
The victimized couple had no comment for 69 News, but neighbors are bothered by the incident.
"I'm sorry to hear that that happened to them," said Bruce Carr. "Nobody would want to go through something like that. I'm glad they're alright."
Police are seeking information on the other alleged robber. Anyone with a tip is asked to call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913. A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
Allentown, PA 18102
- Lehigh Valley 69 News