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MONDAY - October 25, 2010

GAS STATION ROBBERS PLEAD GUILTY

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today two men pled guilty to the armed robbery of the Pack Mart Store on Ashe Avenue in Raleigh. MIGUEL ANGELES, 17, and DAVID CASTILLO, 18, both illegal aliens, pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to robbery of a business in interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, and using and carrying a firearm during a federal crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on November 19, 2009.

On February 11, 2009, ANGELES, along with co-defendants Jose Carlos Diaz-Hernandez and Joani Hernandez entered the Pack Mart/BP station; two of the males were armed with assault-style rifles, the third man was armed with a handgun. CASTILLO remained in the car as the getaway driver. The three men inside the store demanded the money from the cash register till. After the robbery, the four fled the area in a vehicle. Officers in the area located the vehicle and stopped it, finding the four defendants inside the car; the two assault rifles, a .22 caliber revolver and the money was also recovered during the stop.

The maximum penalty for the charge of robbery of a business in interstate commerce is up to 20 years’ imprisonment followed by up to three years’ supervised release. For the use of a firearm, the maximum penalty is up to life imprisonment consecutive to any other term of imprisonment followed by up to five years’ supervised release.

Sentencing is set for the January 24, 2011, term of court.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN) initiative 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 this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson represented the government.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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