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Philadelphia Man Charged With Hobbs Act Robbery

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

Koren Jones, a/k/a “Kuron Jones”, 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was charged today by Indictment[1] with two counts of Hobbs Act robbery, one count of attempted Hobbs Act robbery, and three counts of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. The indictment specifically charges that the defendant Koren Jones committed a gun-point robbery of A & A grocery store, located at 2000 North Gratz Street, on November 4, 2016 and German grocery store, located at 2267 North 16th Street, on November 5, 2016. During the commission of robbery of the A & A grocery store, a customer was shot in the leg. During the commission of the robbery of the German grocery store, a shot was fired at the employee victim, but no injuries were sustained. Jones is also charged with attempted robbery of Fontain deli, located at 2027 North 16th street, on November 5, 2016. Additionally, Jones is charged with using and carrying a firearm during the robberies and attempted robbery charged in the indictment.

If convicted of all counts, Jones faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, with a mandatory 60-year minimum sentence, consecutive to any other sentence imposed, a $1,500,000 fine, and a $600 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Katherine Driscoll.

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

Updated August 24, 2017

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