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For Immediate Release

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November 04, 2011 James A. Cunfer, Supervisory Deputy United States Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 346-7727
U.S. Marshals Arrest Jewelry Store Heist Suspect in Houston
Armed Robbery occurred in Harrisburg-area on October 7th

Harrisburg, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Dontae Eugene Robinson in Houston, Texas.

Robinson was being sought by the Lower Paxton Township Police Department for his role in a brazen, daytime armed robbery of GEM Jewelry on October 7, 2011. When police arrived, it was determined the store had been the victim of a take-over style robbery. At around noontime, three armed gunmen entered the store, and ordered two employees and two customers at gunpoint onto the floor of a back room. The suspects then removed a large quantity of jewelry and watches from display cases in the main showroom. The four victims remained guarded at gunpoint. Their wallets and identification cards were taken. The suspects threatened to shoot them if they moved, and then fled the scene through a rear door. The loss to the jewelry store was in excess of $100,000.00.

On October 10, the Lower Paxton Township police were able to identify one of the suspects as Dontae Robinson. It was determined he had a prior conviction for aggravated assault. In this 2002 incident, Robinson shot a man in the face.

On October 10, an arrest warrant was signed in Dauphin County, charging Robinson with:

  • 10 counts of Robbery
  • 4 counts of Unlawful Restraint
  • 1 count of Felon not to possess a Firearm
  • 4 counts of Assault
  • 1 count of Carrying a Firearm without a License

Prior the jewelry store heist, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole had issued an arrest warrant for Robinson, charging him in late September 2011 with absconding from state parole supervision.

On October 11, the Lower Paxton Township Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service and its Fugitive Task Force. U.S. Marshals based in Harrisburg developed leads on Robinson’s possible whereabouts in Texas.

During the late evening hours of October 12, U.S. Marshals located the fugitive outside a bus terminal in Houston. U.S. Marshals arrested Robinson without incident. Robinson was found in possession of a large amount of U.S. currency.

Robinson, 27 years old, was turned over to Texas authorities for processing as a fugitive from justice. He has since been returned to Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where he will await court proceedings.

United States Marshal Pane stated, “The U.S. Marshals Service places a high priority on fugitive cases in which the use or threat of violence against innocent victims occurs. By working with our Law Enforcement partners to ensure violent offenders are brought to justice, communities throughout Pennsylvania become safer and more secure.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by officers from the Lower Paxton Township Police Department, as well as the Houston Police Department, during their fugitive investigation and capture of Robinson.

The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous and violent offenders.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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