FIVE MIAMI-DADE MEN INDICTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY SPREE
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, James K. Loftus, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, and Amos Rojas, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), announced the November 2, 2010 indictment of five individuals for their alleged participation in an armed robbery conspiracy. The five defendants were arraigned this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick A. White. All are detained pending trial.
More specifically, the 17-count indictment charges defendants Corwin Dantzle, 22, Jamarquis Reeves, 18, Marcus Lee, 21, Derrick Harrell, 18, and Daniel Jenkins, 22, all of Miami-Dade, with one count of conspiracy to commit robbery by means of force, violence, and fear of injury, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(a). The indictment also charges Dantzle and Reeves with committing four robberies using force, violence, and fear of injury, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(a)(1), and with possessing a firearm during and in furtherance of those robberies, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(iii). Lee is charged with committing three of the robberies and with possessing a firearm during and in furtherance of each of those robberies. Finally, Jenkins and Harrell are each charged with committing two robberies and possessing firearms during and in furtherance of those robberies. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of up to life in prison.
According to the allegations in the indictment and the previously filed complaint affidavit, the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to commit a series of robberies from January 2010 through June 26, 2010. Eight businesses in Miami-Dade, including several Advance Auto Parts stores, an Auto Zone, a Walgreens, and a McDonald’s, and their patrons were all victims of eight armed robberies this past year, which were allegedly committed by these conspirators.
As listed in the charging documents, the defendants participated as named in the indictment in the following robberies:
• January 20, 2010 robbery of an Advance Auto Parts store in Miami;
• March 17, 2010 robbery of an Advance Auto Parts store in Miami;
• March 30, 2010 robbery of an Auto Zone store in Miami;
• April 22, 2010 attempted robbery of an Advance Auto Parts store in Miami.
• April 22, 2010 robbery of a second Advance Auto Parts store in Miami;
• April 24, 2010 robbery of an Auto Zone in Miami;
• June 26, 2010 robbery of a Walgreen’s in Miami;
• June 26, 2010 robbery of a McDonald’s in Miami.
The indictment announced today is the culmination of several months of investigation by a joint task force composed of agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, detectives of the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Robbery Division and FDLE. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Gilfarb and Roy Altman.
An indictment is only an accusation and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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.