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Philadelphia Man Charged With Five Robberies

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

Lamar Sowell, 26, of Philadelphia, PA was charged today by Indictment with five counts of robbery which interferes with interstate commerce and four counts of using and carrying a firearm in those robberies, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

It is alleged that Sowell committed the following robberies: 7-Eleven, located at 9001 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia on October 20, 2014; 7-Eleven, located at 250 South Easton Road, Glenside on November 26, 2015; Sunoco, located at 300 South Easton Road, Glenside, on December 2, 2015; and 7-Eleven, located at 2869 Limekiln Pike, Abington, on December 9, 2015 and April 5, 2016. During all but the first robbery, Sowell is accused of brandishing a handgun. During the final robbery on April 5, 2016, Sowell is accused of firing the gun and striking an employee of the 7-Eleven, shattering the victim’s femur.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment, a mandatory term of 82 years’ imprisonment consecutive to all other sentences, 5 years supervised release, a $2,250,000 fine, and a $ 900 Special Assessment.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Plymouth Township Police Department, the Abington Township Police Department, and the Cheltenham Township Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Arlene Fisk.                                                           

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

Updated September 15, 2016

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