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Vero Beach Resident Pleads Guilty in Armed Robbery of Vero Beach GameStop Store

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2014

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Hugo J. Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, and Deryl Loar, Sheriff, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, announce the guilty plea of Glenn Thomas Carvajal, 34, of Vero Beach. Carvajal pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez, in Ft. Pierce. Sentencing for Carvajal is scheduled for July 23, 2014 before U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks in West Palm Beach.

Carvajal pled guilty to interfering with commerce by threats or violence (robbery), in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(a), and possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A). The defendant faces a possible statutory maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison. For the charge of possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, the defendant faces a consecutive seven year term up to life in prison.

A stipulated factual basis filed in Court indicates that Carvajal, a former GameStop manager, robbed a GameStop store on October 10, 2013, located in Vero Beach. Carvajal approached a Game Stop employee, handed the employee a hand written note, which read “I have a gun, please empty the register as soon as possible,” while showing what appeared to be the grip of a black semi-automatic firearm. Before exiting the store, Carvajal warned the employee that he had someone monitoring the phones that knew who he was, where he lived, and would kill or hurt him or one of his family members. After images from the store surveillance video were released to the media, several witnesses came forward and identified Carvajal.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ATF and the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carmen Lineberger.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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