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"Red-Hat" Hotel Robber Sentenced To 42 Years

August 17, 2012

Memphis, TN – Elvis Anderson, age 30, of Memphis, Tennessee, was sentenced yesterday to 42 years in federal prison by Chief Judge Jon P. McCalla for robbery affecting commerce in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1951, and using a firearm during a crime of violence in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 924(c), announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

Anderson robbed 21 businesses, primarily hotels, in Memphis and Germantown in the spring of 2010. He became known to the police as the “Red-Hat” robber because he wore a red baseball cap during many of the robberies. Anderson was finally caught by Memphis police officers after attempting to rob the Tan N' Go store near Park and Mendenhall in Memphis on May 17, 2010. He was then convicted after a 2-week jury trial in Jackson, Tennessee in May 2012.

This case was investigated by the Safe Streets Task Force, which is comprised of investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Memphis Police Department, Bartlett Police Department, and Germantown Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Arvin and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Porter on behalf of the government.

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