- MARYLAND - A Gaithersburg man pleaded guilty this week to armed robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, in connection to the 2012 Chipotle armed robberies.

Officials said Lamont Bonds, 26, entered a plea of guilty on Thursday, August 21, 2014. According to his agreement, between July 22 and November 25, 2012, Bonds and his girlfriend, Marvel Alegria, committed the four crimes. 

Alegria had been the manager of a Chipotle in Mt. Airy, Maryland, prior to her termination on July 17, 2012 for violating company policies. She began talking about robbing the Chipotle restaurant with her boyfriend, Bonds. Officials said she told Bonds the best time to commit the robbery, how to get into the restaurant, where the safe was located, and that the manager had access to the safe. 

Officials said on July 22, 2012 Bonds and Alegria recruited Norman Guifarro to participate in the robbery, which was planned for that evening. The three robbed the Mt. Airy Chipotle armed with a shotgun and knife. They were able to flee the scene with $5,000 in cash. 

On August 4, October 21 and November 25, 2012, Bonds, armed with what appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol, robbed Chipotle restaurants in Hagerstown, Gaithersburg, and Damascus, Maryland. In each robbery, Bonds forced the manager to open the safe at gunpoint. 

Bonds faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for the robbery and a minimum of seven years, consecutive to any other sentence, and up to life in prison for brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Bonds sentencing has been scheduled for November 24, 2014. 

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