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Richmond Man Indicted for String of Armed Robberies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. – Eric Thompson, a/k/a Derick Cannon, 40 of Richmond, Virginia, has been indicted for his alleged role in committing four armed robberies of commercial businesses located in the Richmond, Virginia area.
 
                Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia made the announcement after the indictment was returned. 

                Thompson is charged with four counts of Robbery Affecting Commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a), four counts of Using, Carrying, and Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1), and Possessing a Firearm After Having Been Convicted of a Felony Offense.  If convicted on all charges, Thompson faces up to 80 years’ imprisonment on the robbery charges, followed by a mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of 82 years’ imprisonment for using, carrying, and possessing a firearm in connection with those crimes.  He faces up to 10 years imprisonment on the possession of a firearm by a felon charge.  If convicted, he will also be required to pay full restitution and be subject to a fine of up to $2,250,000.

                According to the indictment, Thompson is alleged to have committed four armed robberies of Family Dollar Store locations in Richmond, Virginia:  Following is a summary of the allegations for each robbery:

  • 3/9/2010 - Thompson allegedly robbed the Family Dollar store at 6401 Jahnke Road, Richmond, Virginia, with a firearm and stole $207.37. 
  • 3/19/2010 - Thompson allegedly robbed the Family Dollar store at 1209 Westover Hills Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia, with a firearm and stole $422.00.
  • 3/24/2010 - Thompson allegedly robbed the Family Dollar store at 1220 North 25th Street, Richmond, Virginia, with a firearm and stole $480.00.
  • 3/26/2010 -  Thompson allegedly robbed the Family Dollar store at 7 East 16th Street, Richmond, Virginia, with a firearm and stole $250.00.
      
    The indictment further alleges that Thompson unlawfully possessed a Hi-Point, Model 9C, 9mm semi-automatic pistol on March 26, 2010, after he had been previously convicted of a felony offense.

                The investigation was conducted by the Richmond Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) under the Cooperative Violence Reduction Partnership (CVRP) Robbery Reduction Initiative.   The CVRP is a law enforcement partnership involving the Richmond Police Department, the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, ATF, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Virginia State Police, Virginia Adult Probation and Parole, District 1, and the United States Attorney’s Office.  The members of the CVRP work together to identify and address violent crime problems affecting the Richmond Community.  The Robbery Reduction Initiative is a collaborative effort to address the robberies in the community and to make sure that offenders face the highest sentence possible under the law, whether that be in state or federal court.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Gill and Stephen Miller are prosecuting the case for the United States.

                Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

 

 

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