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Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to a String of Armed Robberies and Attempted Robberies of Northwest Commercial Businesses

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

            WASHINGTON – Roberto McBean, 30, of Hyattsville, MD, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday to a string of 10 armed robberies and attempted robberies in the District between August 22, 2023, and January 8, 2024, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Scott of the FBI Washington Field Office, and Chief Pamela A. Smith of the Metropolitan Police Department.

            McBean admitted to committing all 10 robberies. He pleaded guilty to four counts of interference with interstate commerce by robbery, aka Hobbs Act robbery, on April 26, 2024, before U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who scheduled sentencing for September 5, 2024.

            According to court documents, McBean used a small hammer to rob a Sunoco gas station on the 2400 block of Wisconsin Ave., NW, on August 22, 2023. On August 31, McBean used a small vegetable knife to rob the Georgetown Wine and Spirits on the 2700 block of P street, NW of cash and a bottle of red wine. On September 18, 2023, McBean was stymied when he brandished a knife at the Universal Wine and Spirits on the 2000 block of Florida Ave.-- a customer saw what was happening and barked “Not today, Get out!” and McBean left without taking any money. On November 23, 2023, McBean entered the Glover Park Market on the 2400 block of 37th Street, NW, with a black firearm and robbed the market of cash. On December 8, 2023, McBean gained entry to an Exxon gas station in Georgetown, on the 1600 block of Wisconsin Ave., NW, produced a gun and left with a small amount of cash. On December 8, 2023, McBean returned to the Sunoco gas station on Wisconsin Ave., produced his firearm, and ordered the employee to empty the register in a bag. On December 16, 2023, McBean returned to the Glover Park Market, went behind the counter, and opened the cash register. McBean took the cash from the register, multiple lottery tickets, and a plastic bag.

            On December 20, 2023, McBean went back to the Georgetown Wine and Spirits shop and ordered an employee to empty the register. The employee told McBean that he didn’t have a key to the register and McBean pulled out a firearm and again demanded money. The employee picked up the entire register and handed it to McBean. McBean fumbled with the machine before handing it back. Unsuccessful, McBean left the store. On January 4, 2024, McBean entered Sara’s Market and Dry Cleaners on the 3000 block of Q Street NW. McBean picked up a bottle of wine, set it on the counter, and demanded cash. The employee said the market did not accept cash and only accepted electronic payments. McBean left the store with only a bottle of wine. On January 5, 2024, McBean again returned to the Glover Park Market armed with a handgun and ordered an employee to fill a bag with cash. In addition to the money, McBean took lottery tickets and two packs of cigarettes with him. On January 8, 2024, McBean returned to the Glover Park Market for the fourth time. The store employee recognized McBean as the same man who had robbed her in December and a few days before.

            Agents with the FBI’s Washington Field Office arrested McBean on January 26, 2024.

            Because each of the six stores that McBean robbed bought and sold goods in interstate commerce, McBean’s actions in each of the robberies delayed, obstructed, or affected interstate commerce.

            This case was investigated by the FBI Washington Field Office Violent Crimes Task Force and the Metropolitan Police Department. It was prosecuted by Ryan Lipes and Omeed A. Assefi.

Updated April 29, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-370