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Man Charged With Robbery of Center City Philadelphia Restaurant

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

James Parker, 50, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was charged today by Indictment1 with robbery which interferes with interstate commerce and using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. The charges arise from the defendant’s violent robbery of the Tavern on Broad restaurant, located at 200 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during which, the Indictment alleges, the robber held a gun to the back of the victim employee’s neck, beat him repeatedly in the head with a gun, before forcing him to open the business’ safe, from which he stole approximately $8,000.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Yvonne Osirim.

[1] An Information, Indictment or Criminal Complaint is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Updated July 21, 2016

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