Ax-wielding suspects charged with assault, attempted break-in

Ax-wielding suspects charged with assault, attempted break-in
From left, Taylor Kennaugh, Dakota Lara-Bayliss, Tina Lara and Taylor House were arrested after being suspected of trying to break into a home with an ax. (Source: Stafford County Sheriff's Office)

STAFFORD, VA (WWBT) - Four people were arrested after authorities say they tried to break into a home with an ax.

Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 500 block of Eskimo Hill Road on Feb. 8 to a report of an assault and attempted break-in with an ax. The caller also said the suspects had threatened to burn down the house.

A deputy smelled alcohol on one of the suspects, identified as Taylor House, 21, of Stafford, at the scene and noticed an ax near the front door, which had several dents and scuff marks.

House told the deputy she and the others had come to the residence because of an alleged theft perpetuated by the person who made the call to police.

The deputy detected alcohol on another suspect identified as Tina Lara, 52, of Stafford.

Taylor House.
Taylor House. (Source: Stafford County Sheriff's Office)
Tina Lara.
Tina Lara. (Source: Stafford County Sheriff's Office)

The victim of the attempted break-in said another suspect identified as Dakota Lara-Bayliss, 22, of Stafford, had sent several text messages saying they were coming to the home.

The sheriff’s office said the victim was standing on her porch when the group arrived and said she was assaulted by Lara and House. She went inside the home and locked the door, which prompted them to attempt to force entry with the ax.

House, Lara, Lara-Bayliss and Taylor Kennaugh, 25, of Fredericksburg, were arrested and charged with assault and battery by mob and breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony.

Kennaugh was released on an unsecured bond.

The other three suspects were additionally charged with assault and battery and public intoxication and were detained at Rappahannock Regional Jail.

The following day, Feb. 9, additional warrants were obtained for all four suspects and all were again arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony. House was additionally charged with threats to bomb/burn.

Dakota Lara-Bayliss.
Dakota Lara-Bayliss. (Source: Stafford County Sheriff's Office)
Taylor Kennaugh.
Taylor Kennaugh. (Source: Stafford County Sheriff's Office)

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