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August 4, 2011
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THREE MEN INDICTED FOR ROBBING BALTIMORE CHECK CASHING STORES, LIQUOR STORES AND A BANK
Allegedly Stole More Than $50,000 in Six Robberies
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment against Evan Foreman, age 33; Michael Foreman, age 44; and Christopher Horton, age of 29, all of Baltimore, on charges related to a series of armed robberies of Baltimore businesses, including three check cashing stores, two liquor stores and a bank.
The initial indictment, returned on July 19, 2011, charged Michael Foreman and Christopher Horton with an attempted robbery in December 2010 of the bank where Horton worked, and larceny in February 2011 of the same bank. The superseding indictment, which was returned late yesterday, adds Evan Foreman as a defendant and includes charges related to additional robberies.
The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.
The 15 count indictment alleges that from at least January 2009 through June 2011, the defendants conspired to commit a series of armed commercial robberies. The robbers allegedly scouted the location of the intended target, brandished a gun during the robbery and used duct tape to restrain the victims after the robbery in order to escape. The indictment alleges that one of the conspirators would frequently act as the get-away driver. Evan Foreman and other co-conspirators are alleged to have committed robberies of the two liquor stores and three check cashing stores, stealing a total of $40,900. Michael Foreman provided a firearm for one of the check cashing store robberies and received a portion of the proceeds of that robbery.
The indictment alleges that in December 2010, the defendants agreed to rob the bank where Christopher Horton was employed. Horton allegedly advised his co-conspirators that December 27, 2010 was an optimal day to commit the robbery. The Foremans and others drove to the bank that day, where Christopher Horton was working. Michael Foreman waited outside in the car while Evan Foreman and a co-conspirator went into the bank. A co-conspirator handed a note demanding money to a teller, who did not immediately respond. The co-conspirator took the note and left the building without obtaining any money. The indictment alleges that on February 14, 2011, Evan and Michael Foreman again went to the bank and brandished a gun at Christopher Horton who was working at the bank. Horton allegedly led them to the vault where he gave them money. Horton also gave the Foremans money from the cash drawer at his teller station. According to the indictment, the defendants stole approximately $10,000 from the bank.
The defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy and the attempted bank robbery on December 27, 2010, and 10 years in prison for the February 14, 2011 larceny of the bank. Evan and Michael Foreman face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the robbery of one of the check cashing stores; a maximum of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to possess a gun in furtherance of a crime of violence, and life in prison for possessing a gun in furtherance of a crime of violence Evan Foreman also faces 20 years in prison for each of four armed robbery charges, as well as 25 years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, for each of four counts of possessing a gun in furtherance of a crime of violence. An initial appearance will be scheduled for Friday, August 12, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Evan and Michael Foreman are detained pending trial and Christopher Horton has been released under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI , the Baltimore City Police Department and the Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin M. Block, who is prosecuting the case.