Two Indicted in August 2008 Attempted Armored Car Robbery

February 10, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted Donald Cromwell, age 54, of Baltimore, and Shana Denise Winder, age 23, of Baltimore, for conspiracy to commit and committing an armed robbery of an armored car on August 6, 2008, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Cromwell is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The indictment was returned on February 3, 2009. The defendants are scheduled to have an initial appearance in federal district court at 3:00 p.m. today. Winder was arrested today. Cromwell is in state custody on unrelated charges.

According to the four count indictment, on August 6, 2008, Cromwell and Winder followed an armored car throughout the day in Baltimore City, as it made pick-ups and deliveries of cash. The indictment alleges that at 3:00 p.m. Winder dropped Cromwell off near North Charles Street and that Cromwell, armed with a gun, and another person then attempted to rob an armored car in the 400 block of North Charles Street, attempting to steal $261,000. The indictment further alleges that after the attempted robbery Winder picked Cromwell up near Franklin Street in Baltimore City and drove him from the area.

The defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the robbery and five years in prison for the conspiracy charge; a maximum of life in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Cromwell also faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

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 thanked the Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, the Baltimore Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney James G. Warwick, who is prosecuting the case.



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