FARMINGTON — The three men accused of robbing a couple at gunpoint inside their home Halloween night entered not guilty pleas Friday in Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington.

All three men face multiple charges in connection with a crime spree Oct. 31 that culminated in an armed robbery on Seamon Road in Farmington, according to a police affidavit.

Each of the three men — Kevin S. Crandall, 28, of Wilton, Marcus A. Thompson, 26 and Michael E. Kidd Jr., 21, of Chesterville — have been held in jail with varying bail conditions since their arrests in early November.

Justice Michaela Murphy maintained the previous bail conditions, which call for cash bails ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 among other conditions, and ordered that all three men appear in court June 5 to address the status of the case.

Three men wearing black ski masks and armed with handguns and knives knocked on the couple’s door on Halloween night, according to police.

The couple, ages 65 and 63, told police later that they opened the door mistaking the men for trick-or-treaters. The men, dressed in black clothes, then pulled out weapons and forced their way inside, knocking the husband to the floor, police said.

Once inside, two of the men ransacked the house while the third kept a gun pointed at the couple. After taking $1,600 in cash, some jewelry and prescription painkillers, the men demanded that the husband drive them to an ATM to withdraw money from his account, police said.

One of the men kept a gun pointed at the wife while the husband drove the other assailants to several banks in downtown Farmington. The husband withdrew $600 from the first bank’s ATM and $100 from another, reaching the daily withdrawal limit before the men agreed to take him home, police said.

The men fled the home after threatening to kill the couple if they went to police.

Police believe the men also burglarized three other homes in the Farmington neighborhood earlier that same day, taking cash, firearms and other items while the homeowners were away at the time.

Crandall, Kidd and Thompson all face charges of robbery, kidnapping and criminal threatening, with each count citing specific laws that ask for more severe punishment because a firearm was used during the crime. They also each face multiple counts of burglary and theft. The kidnapping and robbery charges alone each carry a 30-year maximum prison sentence, along with other conditions.

Crandall and Kidd also face charges of violating conditions of bail, since they were awaiting trial dates on other charges. Both men were being held without bail in connection with the violations and have court dates in February to address the other charges.

David Robinson – 861-9287

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