U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
May 25, 2011
FEDERAL JURY CONVICTS PROVIDENCE MAN OF ALL CHARGES
IN 17-COUNT FEDERAL INDICTMENT
Roldy Francois convicted on unlawful possession of five firearms,
using fake IDs to purchase firearms, identity theft, providing false information on ATF forms
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A federal jury Wednesday deliberated for about one hour before returning guilty verdicts on all charges contained in a 17-count indictment against a Providence man who was arrested by Providence Police and the U.S. Marshals Service on weapons charges after barricading himself in a Providence home for several hours in March 2010, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.
Roldy Francois, 26, was convicted in U.S. District Court in Providence of being a felon in possession of five firearms, including one with an obliterated serial number, which he purchased using the identity of a person from Puerto Rico. Francois was also convicted of aggravated identity theft and failing to disclose on ATF forms at the time of the purchases that he was previously convicted of three felonies.
According to testimony presented during the two-day trial by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ly T. Chin and Richard W. Rose, Francois walked into the Providence Police station in February 2010 with an attorney and a female acquaintance to report the theft of two 9mm firearms from his acquaintance’s car. Francois identified himself to police as Efrain Baez, however, Providence Detective Maurice Green recognized Francois from a previous unrelated investigation.
Evidence was presented at trial that Providence Police and ATF agents traced the purchase of the missing firearms to a Warwick gun dealer, who identified Francois as the person who purchased them. Information provided by the gun dealer showed that Francois used a photo ID, a Florida driver’s license, containing the name and personal information of Efrain Colon Baez, to purchase a total of five firearms between October 2009 and February 2010, including the reported stolen 9mm pistols, a Glock .45 caliber pistol, a Glock 9mm pistol, and a 12 gauge shotgun. Investigators determined that Francois had stolen the identity of a man in Puerto Rico to make the purchases.
In addition, evidence was presented to the jury that Francois, previously convicted of a domestic violence felony and two felonies for receiving stolen auto parts, falsely indicated on ATF forms at the time of the each purchase that he had not previously been convicted of a felony.
On March 16, 2010, ATF agents and U.S. Marshals attempted to arrest Francois on a criminal complaint related to the charges. Francois barricaded himself in an attic in a Providence home and threatened to kill himself. He surrendered after a six hour standoff. Police recovered a .45
caliber pistol of the same make and model as had been purchased from the Warwick gun dealer, only the serial number had now been obliterated. The .45 caliber pistol recovered is the only one recovered of the five Francois purchased.
Francois, who has been detained since his arrest, is scheduled to be sentenced on September 23, 2011 by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith.
The matter was investigated by Providence Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Marshals Service, with the assistance of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Rhode Island State Police.