FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - December 8, 2008
RALEIGH ROBBER PLEADS GUILTY
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court SAMUEL KEITH KERR, II, 22, of Raleigh, North Carolina, pled guilty before Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and to two counts of aiding and abetting the use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
A Criminal Information was filed on October 8, 2008. Between July 5, 2008, and July 9, 2008, KERR and two co-conspirators robbed several convenience stores and a Mexican restaurant. In all of the robberies, KERR and one of his co-conspirators would enter the store with bandanas over their faces and long-sleeved hooded sweatshirts. The co-defendant would be carrying a .380 handgun while KERR took the cash drawer from the register. The stores included a Rite Aid Drug Store, the Stop 1 Market, the Lighthouse Food mart, and the Tienda Todo Guerrenrense Mexican Restaurant, all in Raleigh.
Mr. Holding commented, “My office continues to be concerned about the extraordinarily high level of armed robberies in Raleigh and in Wake County. As a result, for the last several months we have been working closely with local officials to give priority to these cases and to quickly bring them to federal court for prosecution. We hope that our efforts, along with those of the Wake County District Attorney, the Raleigh Police Department, and the Wake County Sheriff will significantly reduce the instances of this type of crime.”
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.