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L.A. Harbor Area Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Armed Robbery Spree that Targeted South Bay Businesses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California

LOS ANGELES – A Wilmington man was sentenced today to 180 months in federal prison for committing an armed robbery spree of businesses in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County, during which time he pointed a gun at a pregnant woman working at a gas station.

Stevo Mijanovic, 20, was sentenced by United States District Judge R. Gary Klausner, who also ordered him to pay $2,733 in restitution.

Mijanovic pleaded guilty on March 6 to two counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

From August 2021 to January 2022, Mijanovic robbed six businesses in the Wilmington area of Los Angeles, robbed two other businesses in San Pedro and Torrance, and attempted to rob another business in San Pedro. The victim businesses were restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations and their employees.

“[Mijanovic] committed six armed robberies, one attempted armed robbery, and two robberies in which he brandished what appeared to be a firearm,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “He terrorized victim employees and bystanders at each location, using fear to obtain money from the victim businesses.”

In December 2021, Mijanovic pointed a firearm at a victim, who was a pregnant gas station employee in Wilmington. The victim “complied out of fear as she told [Mijanovic] she was pregnant and allowed [him] to take approximately $180 from the cash register,” according to Mijanovic’s plea agreement.

Mijanovic admitted to netting between $80 and $1,000 per robbery. He obtained $2,733 during his crime spree.

The FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department investigated this matter.

Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chou prosecuted this case.


Ciaran McEvoy
Public Information Officer
(213) 894-4465

Updated July 31, 2023

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 23-172