Washington Park Man Sentenced to 77 Months for Armed Robbery
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on January 6, 2012, Floyd B.Gamble, Jr., 25, of Washington Park, Illinois, was sentenced in federal district court in East St. Louis to 77 months’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a fine of $200, following his plea of guilty, on September 30, 2011, to an Indictment charging him with Interference with Commerce by Violence. The charges relate to an armed robbery of a customer at a Mobil gas station in Washington Park, Illinois, on November 6, 2010. The robbery netted $1000 for the robbers. The sentencing judge also ordered restitution. A firearm used in the robbery was previously forfeited.
Two other defendants – Devon L. Alexander and Kenneth I. Little – are charged in the same Indictment. Little was sentenced August 5, 2011, to 144 months’ incarceration. Alexander is a fugitive.
Documents filed with the court allege that on or about November 6, 2010, a limousine bus was en route between Steeleville, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri, carrying members of a bachelor party, who asked to be dropped off at a nightclub in Washington Park before proceeding to a casino in St. Louis. While the party was in the nightclub, the chauffeur drove the limousine bus to a Mobil service station in Washington Park. While the driver was re-fueling at one of the station pumps, Defendants Alexander and Little approached. Defendant Alexander asked the driver if he wanted to buy some marijuana. When the driver declined, Defendant Little displayed a .38 Special caliber revolver that he had obtained from Defendant Alexander; Little pointed the gun at the driver at a distance of about two and a half feet. Defendant Alexander pushed the driver up against the limousine bus. At about the same time, Defendant Gamble approached and struck the driver in the neck, eye, and chin. Defendant Alexander reached into the driver’s front pocket and took $700 in currency that the bachelor party had paid to the driver, which in turn the driver was to pay to the limousine service company that owned the limousine. Defendant Alexander also stole the driver’s wallet, which contained approximately $300 of the driver’s currency. Defendants Alexander, Little, and Gamble then fled and were picked up by an unknown driver of a burgundy automobile that belonged to Defendant Gamble.
The documents further allege that Defendants Little and Gamble were later interviewed by the ATF Agent and admitted to him that they had participated in the robbery of November 6, 2010.
Defendant Alexander – a 24-year-old black male, believed to be living in Washington Park – remains at large. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts should contact ATF at 618-632-9380 or 1-888-367-5762.
The documents described above do not represent findings of guilt with respect to Alexander. Every Defendant is presumed innocent of the charges alleged in any documents until proven guilty.
The case was investigated by members of the Washington Park Police Department and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.