Feds Indict Two Men For Robbery Spree Targeting Latino Businesses in North Philadelphia Late Last Year
As Part of All Hands on Deck Initiative, U.S. Attorney’s Office Secures Indictments Against Suspects in Six Armed Robberies
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Omar White-Davis, 28, of Philadelphia, PA, and Acia Moore, 20, also of Philadelphia, PA, were charged by Indictment with multiple counts of Hobbs Act robbery and related firearms offenses in connection with multiple armed robberies of businesses in the Feltonville and Juniata sections of North Philadelphia, including Café Tinto restaurant on Wyoming Avenue, which was targeted twice in two days.
The Indictment alleges that White-Davis and Moore attempted to rob and did rob a variety of small businesses, both together and separately, stealing approximately $3,100 dollars total between November 21 and December 6, 2021. The incidents alleged are as follows:
- On November 21, 2021: WhiteDavis attempted to rob the Ariel Grocery, 2000 block of E. Pacific Street;
- On December 1, 2021: Moore robbed the AlMolhem Store, 400 block of E. Wyoming Avenue;
- On December 2, 2021: WhiteDavis and Moore robbed Café Tinto, 100 block of E. Wyoming Avenue
- On December 4, 2021: Moore returned to Café Tinto approximately 48 hours later and robbed it again;
- On December 6, 2021: Moore robbed the Leslie Mini Market, 4200 block of Bodine Street; and,
- Also on December 6, 2021: approximately an hour later, Moore and WhiteDavis attempted to rob Hernandez Food and Deli Market, 4500 block of D Street.
White-Davis and Moore were both charged by Criminal Complaint and arrested by the FBI in early February. Both defendants have also made initial appearances on these charges in federal court.
“When I announced the All Hands On Deck initiative in April 2021, I vowed that we would do all we could to stop the violent crime ravaging our city and support the Philadelphia Police Department in its work,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “I also put criminals on notice that we were doubling down on our efforts to identify, arrest and charge them in the federal system for their crimes. The indictments of these defendants show that we have kept our word to focus on getting the worst of the worst off the street and behind bars.”
“The law-abiding taxpayers who love this great city shouldn’t have to live with the violence that moves ever closer to their doorstep,” said Special Agent in Charge Jacqueline Maguire. “The FBI will use every resource at its disposal – including critical partnerships – to help get violent criminals off the streets of Philadelphia.”
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment, a five-year period of supervised release, and possible fines of over $1,000,000.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Eckert.
An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.