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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Conspirator In Hyattsville Brothel Robbery Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

Conspirators Raped a Prostitute and Stabbed Another Victim to Death

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Ramon Miguel Cerros-Cruz, age 24, of Hyattsville, Maryland today to 10 years in prison, after Cerros-Cruz pleaded guilty today to conspiring to rob a brothel located in a Hyattsville apartment.

The plea agreement and sentence were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, on February 28, 2007, Cerros-Cruz and his co-conspirators went to a brothel located in an apartment in Hyattsville, Maryland, and demanded money. They tied up the brothel doorman, raped a prostitute who worked at the brothel and went through the brothel attempting to find money. The co-conspirators used knives to stab to death another victim who came to the apartment. Cerros-Cruz and his co-conspirators then fled the scene.

Co-defendant Alexsi Lopez, age 26, also of Hyattsville, was indicted on July 15, 2013 on charges arising from the conspiracy and pleaded not guilty on July 26, 2013. Lopez is awaiting trial.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the HSI Baltimore and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation, and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys William D. Moomau and Daniel C. Gardner, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015