Robber of Clarksville Pizza Hut Exiled to Over 9 Years in Prison
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Jose Fidel De Paz-Lopez, age 34, of Ellicott City, Maryland today to 114 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to interfere with commerce by robbery and the use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to De Paz-Lopez’s plea agreement, he conspired with Hugo Perez-Sanchez, Adan Perez-Ramos, Tulio Enrique Sandoval-Canas and Pablo Perez-Ramos to rob the Pizza Hut located in Clarksville, Maryland. Hugo Perez-Sanchez had worked at the restaurant from September 2006 to April 2007, and told his conspirators about the lack of surveillance cameras. On November 30, 2008, Hugo Perez-Sanchez drove the co-conspirators to the Pizza Hut and remained in the car to avoid being recognized. Jose Fidel De Paz-Lopez armed himself with a .22 caliber Ruger Mark II pistol, and his co-defendants armed themselves with a 30-30 Marlin Firearms Co. Model 336 rifle and a Daisy Air Rifle (BB gun). The armed conspirators entered the restaurant and threatened the employees with the guns. The conspirators took cash and gift cards, and forced the employees onto the floor, and then into a freezer. They returned to the car and Hugo Perez-Sanchez drove them away.
The defendants were stopped a few miles away and officers recovered the weapons, $543 in stolen money, a dark colored ski mask and a box of stolen gift cards.
All the co-defendants lived at the same residence in Ellicott City and are citizens of El Salvador or Guatemala, who entered the United States illegally. All of the defendants pleaded guilty to their roles in the robbery. Hugo Ernesto Perez-Sanchez, age 31 and Adan Perez-Ramos, age 28, were each sentenced to 114 months in prison. Tulio Enrique Sandoval-Canas, age 20 and Pablo Perez-Ramos, age 31, are scheduled to be sentenced next month. All five defendants have agreed not to contest their removal from the United States upon completion of their imprisonment.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Howard County State’s Attorney Dario Broccolino and his office and the Howard County Police Department and for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Judson T. Mihok, who prosecuted the case.