cleveland men indicted for armed robberies of pharmacies, in which they took cash and prescription medication
A grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging two Cleveland men for their roles in armed robberies of CVS pharmacies earlier this year in which the men threatened the use of a firearm and took cash and prescription medication, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Perry Johnson, age 21, of Cleveland, was charged with two counts of interference with commerce by threats or violence, one count of carrying a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, and one count of possession with the intent to distribute Oxycodone.
Jamal Turnage, age 19, of Cleveland, Ohio, was charged with one count of interference with commerce by threats or violence, one count of carrying a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, and one count of possession with the intent to distribute Oxycodone.
Johnson is accused of robbing the CVS pharmacy at 10022 Madison Avenue on Nov. 16 and both men are accused of robbing the CVS pharmacy at 3171 West Boulevard on Nov. 23, according to the indictment.
In the first robbery, Johnson is accused of threatening the use of a firearm to take five bottles of prescription medication and cash from a CVS employee, according to the indictment.
In the second robbery, Johnson and Turnage are accused of pointing a firearm at CVS employees and taking cash, 30 bottles of prescription medication and other merchandise, according to the indictment.
If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendants’ prior criminal records, if any, the defendants’ roles in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Margaret A. Sweeney and Matthew B. Kall, following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.