FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - November 16, 2011
RALEIGH ROBBERS PLEAD GUILTY
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday two defendants involved in the robberies of local Raleigh business. ERICKA CIARA MCCLARIN and JESSE JAMES VICKERS each pled guilty to conspiring to rob a business engaged in interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b), and aiding and abetting the using and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A). United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel presided over the hearing.
According to the Indictment returned on September 20, 2011, from April, 2011 to May, 2011, MCCLARIN and VICKERS, along with co-defendant Antonio Rashaad Dovine, committed six robberies in the Raleigh area. On April 14, 2011, MCCLARIN and Dovine robbed the Exxon gas station on New Bern Avenue. That same day, they robbed the McDonalds restaurant on Spring Forest Road. On April 22, 2011, MCCLARIN, VICKERS, and Dovine robbed the Hampton Inn on Wake Towne Road and also the Courtyard Marriott hotel on Arrow Drive. The three continued their hotel robbery spree and five days later robbed the Wingate Inn on Westinghouse Boulevard. Finally, on May 3, 2011, they robbed the BP gas station on New Bern Avenue.
The investigation revealed that MCCLAURIN, who was seven months pregnant at the time, would enter the business to scout out the number of persons present, then leave. A short time later, Dovine would enter the business fully disguised. One of the defendants would brandish a shotgun while the other would seize the cash drawer from the register and/or cash from the store safe. The armed robbers would then flee in a car driven by VICKERS.
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 Ethan Ontjes is serving as prosecutor for the government.