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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 29, 2019

Three Men Indicted on Armed Robbery Spree

St. Louis, MO – Jalon Moore, 22, of Saint Louis, Larry Rhines, 22, of Collinsville, Illinois, and Garry Johnson, 21, of Saint Louis, were charged last Thursday for their respective roles in a string of armed robberies.  The indictment was unsealed this morning.  In it, the three men are charged with robbery and firearms conspiracies, as well as the robberies themselves and the use of firearms to commit each of those robberies.

According to the indictment, Moore, Rhines, and/or Johnson were responsible for robbing the following businesses on the following dates:

  • Mack Bar and Grill located at 4615 Macklind, St. Louis, Missouri on January 9, 2019;
  • Jimmy John’s located at 6459 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, Missouri on February 9, 2019;
  • Subway located at 1151 South Kingshighway Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri on February 17, 2019;
  • Panda Express located at 4400 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri on March 18, 2019; and
  • Sprint located at 5441 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri on March 21, 2019.

Defendant Rhines was previously charged on April 16, 2019, by a federal grand jury sitting in the Southern District of Illinois for similar crimes arising from armed robberies of Sprint at 105 Frey Lane, Fairview Heights, Illinois, on March 9, 2019; Marco’s Pizza at 108 St. Louis Road, in Collinsville, Illinois, on March 28, 2019; and the GCS Credit Union, 1502 Vandalia Street, Collinsville, Illinois, on March 30, 2019.  He has been ordered detained pending trial in that separate matter.

Charges set forth in the indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

Following the unsealing of today’s indictment, United States Attorney Jeff Jensen stated, “I am pleased that, through the hard work of the investigative team, this crew’s armed crime spree is over.  We now focus on the equally important task of holding each of them accountable for the actions charged in the indictment.”

"Even when criminals cover their faces with masks, they cannot hide from the long arm of the law and a vigilant public," said Special Agent in Charge Richard Quinn of the FBI St. Louis Division. "Tips from everyday good citizens played a significant role in ending this violent armed robbery spree."

If convicted, the robbery conspiracy charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.  The firearm conspiracy charge carries a 20-year maximum term of imprisonment.  Each individual robbery charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.  Each charge stemming from the defendants’ use of firearms in furtherance of the robberies carries a statutory minimum term of imprisonment of seven years up to life consecutive to any other sentence imposed.  In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department; and the Saint Louis County Police Department, in coordination with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois; the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Springfield; and the Collinsville and Fairview Heights Police Departments.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Updated April 29, 2019