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JURY CONVICTS TWO IN DADELAND MALL ROBBERY AND MURDER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2010

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Hugo Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and James K. Loftus, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, announced that Miami juries convicted two defendants, Dwight Carter, 26, and Emmanuel Maxime, 25, for their roles in the December 1, 2008, armored car robbery and murder of a guard at the Dadeland Mall. The defendants were tried separately.

On July 30, a jury found defendant Dwight Carter guilty on a six count indictment charging him with conspiracy and substantive robbery counts, using a firearm in relation to the robbery, causing the death of the guard, conspiracy and substantive drug trafficking charges and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. On August 13, a separate jury found defendant Emmanuel Maxime guilty of the conspiracy and substantive robbery counts and using a firearm in relation to the robbery, causing the death of the guard. Maxime was not charged in the drug trafficking counts.

Carter’s sentencing is scheduled before U.S. District Court Judge Jose Martinez on October 29. Sentencing for Maxime is scheduled for November 2. Both defendants face up to life imprisonment. Two other defendants in the case, Erskaneshia Ritchie and Nikkia Thomas, had previously pled guilty based on their roles as lookouts during the robbery. Ritchie was sentenced to 292 months in prison and Thomas to 235 months in prison.

U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer stated, “We hope that these verdicts bring some comfort to the victim’s grieving family. Although nothing can undo this heinous crime, we are satisfied that justice has been done.”

Miami-Dade Police Department Director James K. Loftus stated, “We embrace the responsibility of speaking for our victims. We hope and pray this verdict brings comfort to the Alvarado family.”

According to the evidence presented during the trials, Carter and Maxime planned the robbery for December 1, 2008, to steal money from the stores during the busy retail weekend after Thanksgiving. Accordingly, on December 1, 2008, Carter, Maxime, Ritchie, and Thomas met at Carter’s house and traveled to the Dadeland Mall. Carter was armed with an Intratec 9mm, commonly known as a Tec-9, while Maxime was armed with a semiautomatic pistol. At the mall, Maxime entered the Express store to wait for the victim, who was employed as an armored car guard by Dunbar Security, keeping in contact with Carter to alert him of the guard’s whereabouts.

As the armored car guard was leaving the Express store, Carter and Maxime rushed at him. Carter shot at the guard fourteen times. Four of Carter’s shots hit the guard, killing him. Carter then took the guard’s money bag, containing more than $60,000, and fled with Maxime to a car parked near a service entrance.

After the robbery, Carter, Maxime, Ritchie, and Thomas returned to Carter’s house, where they divided the proceeds of the robbery. Carter, Ritchie, and Thomas then traveled to the MacArthur Causeway, where Carter disassembled and disposed of the murder weapon, and to railroad tracks in the north part of the city, where Carter burned the guard’s money bag and clothing Carter and Maxime had worn during the robbery.

Carter and Maxime were arrested on May 20, 2009. Both gave statements to Miami-Dade Police Department homicide detectives detailing their respective roles in the crime. Carter also led homicide detectives to the sites where he disposed of the murder weapon and burned the remaining evidence. Detectives recovered a piece of the Intratec 9mm as well as charred fabric from the sites Carter led them to.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Miami-Dade Police Department and ATFE. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony W. Lacosta and Scott M. Edenfield.

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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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