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"Shattered Window Bandit" Identified And Charged With Multiple Counts Of Armed Robbery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2012

TAMPA, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the arrest of Demetrius Renaldo Bowers (28, Tampa) on three counts of interference with interstate commerce by robbery and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to and in furtherance of a crime of violence. If convicted, Bowers faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 57 years in federal prison on the firearms charges and a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for each robbery.

According to the complaint, between September 23, 2012 and November 4, 2012, a man armed with a black semi-automatic handgun robbed eight fast-food franchise restaurants in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Hernando counties. During each robbery, the perpetrator wore a black ski mask and used a concrete block to shatter the restaurant window. On September 23, 2012, after the robbery of a Papa John's restaurant on Gunn Highway in Tampa, law enforcement officers recovered the ski mask worn by the robber. DNA recovered from the ski mask positively matched Bowers. Further investigation placed Bowers at the scenes of the other seven armed robberies. A complaint is merely a charge that probable cause exists that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the Largo Police Department, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, and the Tampa Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Josephine W. Thomas.

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