Home Invasion Robbery

Release date: 10/23/2009
Sponsored by: District Attorney Department

Violent Home Invasion Robbery Ends in Lengthy Prison Sentence

On August 12, 2008, Ben Edwards, Ryan Moffett, and Robert Lummus committed a home invasion robbery at the residence of Robert Hohlfeld in Banks, Oregon. Mr. Hohlfeld, a medical marijuana cardholder, had several large marijuana plants ready for harvest. Washington County Sheriff investigators later determined that marijuana was the motivation for the robbery. Edwards, armed with a handgun, used industrial-strength zip ties to hog-tie Hohlfeld and Hohlfeld's three guests, two men and a woman. The robbers stole marijuana and roughly $2,000 in cash but became angry when the victims didn't produce more money. Edwards kicked Mr. Hohlfeld in the face repeatedly, causing multiple facial fractures. Another guest, a legally blind 56 year-old man, was kicked in the face and choked until he lost consciousness. At gun-point, Edwards ordered Mr. Hohfeld's female guest to strip naked, then used his fist and the handgun to sexually assault her.  Two of the victims suffered permanent nerve damage in their hands.   

Washington County Major Crimes Detective Ray Marcom conducted a thorough investigation that led to indictments on Edwards, Moffett and Lummus. Both Moffett and Lummus pled guilty to multiple counts of First-Degree Robbery and were each sentenced to 10 years in prison.   

The week of September 14, 2009 Senior Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey presented Mr. Edwards' case to a  Washington County jury. The jury found Mr. Edwards guilty of 13 crimes, including First Degree Robbery, First Degree Assault and First-Degree Unlawful Sexual Penetration. On October 21, 2009 Washington County Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Upton sentenced Mr. Edwards to 470 months--more than 39 years--in prison. Because of the violent nature of these Measure 11 crimes, Mr. Edwards must serve the full sentence without the possibility of early release.