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Baltimore Man Sentenced to 13 Years in Federal Prison for Armed Gas Station Robbery

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JANUARY 24, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Tavon Parker, age 23, of Baltimore today to 13 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for armed robbery of a gas station, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, on September 30, 2006, Parker and another man entered a BP gas station located in Baltimore City. Parker pointed a firearm at the owner and an employee of the gas station, and demanded that the owner and employee give them money. Parker and his accomplice entered the operating booth, stole $15,000 and left the station in a black Kia Optima. Neither Parker nor the accomplice were identified at that time.

On October 8, 2006, a member of the Baltimore County Police Department saw a black Kia Optima parked on the street with two males inside the vehicle. The officer conducted a routine check on the vehicle and learned that the tags and the vehicle had been reported stolen. As the officer approached the driver, both men in the car fled. A search of the vehicle recovered a cellular phone, which led to the identification of witnesses who led to the identification of Tavon Parker as the person who fled from the officer. The officer viewed a photograph of Parker and confirmed that it was Parker who fled from him on October 8.

The recovery of the stolen Kia Optima, led officers to show a photo array containing a photograph of Parker to the owner and employee of the BP gas station. Both men identified Tavon Parker as one of the armed robbers and an arrest warrant was issued for Parker.

On October 16, 2006, members of the Baltimore City Police Department arrested Tavon Parker. Parker was found to have the keys to a 1997 Cadillac, which was located and searched. Inside the Cadillac, officers recovered a Magnum Smith and Wesson revolver, along with six rounds of .357 ammunition in a napkin near the weapon.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Baltimore City Police Department, the Baltimore County Police Department and the Anne Arundel County Police Department for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorneys Michael C. Hanlon and Steve Levin, who prosecuted the case.

 

 

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