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Indictment Alleges Four Men Committed Hobbs Act Robbery

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

PHILADELPHIA – Jibri Cunningham, 27, of Sharon Hill, PA, Tajeldin Cunningham, 28, Samar Taylor, 26, and Lavell Carter, 22, all of Philadelphia, were charged today by indictment with Hobbs Act Robbery and a gun offense, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  According to the indictment, on December 27, 2013, the defendants robbed the owner of H&Y Royal Jewelers, located at 2437 South 23rd Street, in Philadelphia.  The indictment alleges that the defendants stole money from the owner and his family using guns.


If convicted of both charges, each defendant faces a mandatory term of 84 months in prison in addition to the following possible advisory sentencing guideline ranges: Jibri Cunningham, 63 to 84 months in prison; Tajeldin Cunningham, 30 to 51 months in prison; Samuel Taylor, 46 to 78 months in prison; and Lavell Carter, 37 to 63 months in prison; plus possible fines, supervised release, and a special assessment of $200.


The case was investigated by the FBI, the United States Marshal Service, Lower Gwynedd Township Police, Montgomery County Police Department, and White Marsh Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer C. Barry.


An Indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 8, 2016