Five arrested, charged in attempted murder plot
A local man was allegedly robbed, choked and thrown into the trunk of his own car before successfully escaping from a group of kidnappers Wednesday night — which reportedly included his girlfriend, his girlfriend's daughter and three young men solicited for the crime.
Five Sanford residents have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office report, had intended to drive the victim's vehicle — with the victim in the trunk — into a body of water.
David Cedillo, 50, of the 300 block of South Seventh Street, was at his girlfriend's house when his girlfriend, Mary Grace Sisk, 45, her daughter and three of her daughter's friends allegedly robbed Cedillo of his wallet, cell phone and money before choking him, rendering him unconscious, and throwing him into the trunk of his car, according to Lee County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jeff Johnson.
When Cedillo woke up, he reported being inside his 2004 white Honda Accord and was able to use the emergency trunk release and escape from the vehicle at a stoplight near the Highway 87 and U.S. 421 intersection, Johnson said.
"He ended up walking to his friend's house on Seventh Street," Johnson said. "He didn't have a cell phone. He only had one shoe, and he speaks broken English. When he made it to his friend's house, the police were called."
After interviews with the suspect, Johnson said it appeared that Sisk and her daughter, Amber Nicole Duprey, 21, both of 65 Sidney Lane, Sanford, devised a plan to rob Cedillo, put him in the trunk and drive the vehicle into an unidentified body of water. The mother and daughter pair then sought the help of Daniel Thomas Rubinosky, 20, of 8605 Harrington Place, Andrew Gray Coker, 16, of 3048 Corn Silk Drive, and Zachary Scott Place, 17, of 5808 Minter Ave., to help carry out the plan, Johnson said. It appears Sisk and Cedillo had gone to the ATM to withdraw some of his cash, Johnson said, so Sisk knew he had money.
The victim's car was found off of Commerce Drive and it is unclear if the suspects knew Cedillo had escaped, Johnson said.
"It was driven down a hill at a pond, but they had just put it in gear," he said. "It veered over and hit a tree before it got in the water."
Sisk, Duprey, Rubinosky, Coker and Place were charged with first-degree kidnapping, common law robbery, possession of stolen goods, felony conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit common law robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Rubinosky was also charged with attempted murder for his alleged part in choking Cedillo, Johnson said.
Duprey, Coker and Place were held on a $200,000 bond, Sisk on a $175,000 bond and Rubinosky on a $300,000 bond.
"It's an unusual case," Johnson said. "You don't have something like that every night for sure."
All five of the suspects appeared in court Thursday, with Sisk, Duprey and Rubinosky waiving their right to a court-appointed attorney. Place's attorney is Nicolle Phair, and Coker's attorney is Chas Post. Their next court appearance is Jan. 16.
Since 2007, there have been 14 incidents reported at 65 Sidney Lane, Sanford, including larcenies, assaults, trespassing incidents and drug-related calls, according to law enforcement.