Maryland Man Sentenced to 32 Years in Connection with Two Armed Robberies
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – German Escobar Zuniga, 31, of Silver Spring, Md., was sentenced to 32 years in prison in connection with two armed robberies. Zuniga was part of a group responsible for a string of armed robberies of small businesses that primarily serve the Latino community in Prince William and Fairfax counties. He is the seventh conspirator to be convicted as part of the investigation into these robberies.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Charlie T. Deane, Prince William County Chief of Police; and Colonel David Rohrer, Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after Zuniga was sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.
Zuniga was charged in a superseding indictment on Jan. 11, 2012, on charges of conspiracy, robbery, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence. Zuniga pled guilty to two counts of use of a firearm during a crime of violence. One conspirator, Samuel Ayala, was charged with Zuniga, and previously pled guilty. Ayala was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Five other conspirators were charged in a separate case as part of the investigation. Four pled guilty and have been sentenced. A sixth co-conspirator was convicted after a jury trial.
According to court documents, Zuniga and his conspirators participated in a conspiracy that targeted numerous businesses and stole close to $240,000 in cash and jewelry from August 2010 through March 2011. At each location, conspirators carried handguns, either brandished a firearm or put a handgun at employees’ heads, and demanded money and other valuables.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Prince William County Police Department, Fairfax County Police Department, and the Metropolitan Police Department, with assistance from Takoma Park Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Patricia Giles and Justin Fairfax are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.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.justice.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 https://pcl.uscourts.gov.