Tuscaloosa Brothers Indicted and Arrested for Armed Robberies
TUSCALOOSA – Law enforcement officers today arrested two Tuscaloosa brothers on charges related to a string of December robberies in Tuscaloosa County, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Maley announced.
A federal grand jury last week indicted KESHARN BATTLE, 20, and TREVON BATTLE, 18, in connection to four gas station convenience store robberies. This morning, the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, including FBI agents and members of the Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Office and the Tuscaloosa Police Department, arrested the brothers, without incident, at their Tuscaloosa residence.
Detention hearings for both men are scheduled Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul W. Greene.
KESHARN BATTLE is charged with robbery at four stores. He faces a firearms charge in three of the robberies. TREVON BATTLE is charged with robbery at one store.
According to the May 2 indictment, the Battles took part in store robberies as follows:
On Dec. 8, 2011, KESHARN BATTLE and two accomplices entered University Chevron, 9916 North Highway 11, Cottondale. A pistol was brandished and about $570, cigarettes and cell phone chargers were stolen.
On Dec. 16, 2011, KESHARN BATTLE and two accomplices entered the Springbrook Chevron, 3212 East McFarland Boulevard, Tuscaloosa. A firearm was brandished in an attempt to rob the store.
On Dec. 18, 2011, KESHARN BATTLE and one accomplice entered the Coaling Marathon Oil gas station, 15301 Highway 11, Coaling. A firearm was brandished and about $1,251 was stolen.
On Dec. 21, 2011, KESHARN BATTLE and TREVON BATTLE worked with two accomplices to rob the Big Sandy Food Mart, 15239 Highway 69 South, Moundville. The robbers brandished a firearm and stole about $300 and cigarettes.
The FBI, Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Office, Tuscaloosa Police Department and the Coaling Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph P. Montminy is prosecuting the case.
The FBI’s Safe Streets program is designed to eliminate threats and violence in communities across the country. Through the Safe Streets Task Forces, the FBI partners with state, local and other federal law enforcement to target violent criminals, gangs and criminal enterprises.
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