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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Philadelphia Man Indicted On Attempted Robbery And Gun Charges

Jamal Charles, 19, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged today by indictment with the attempted armed robbery of a check cashing business, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  According to the indictment, Charles walked in to the ACE Cash Express, on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, on May 27, 2014, and ordered an employee, at gunpoint, to open the store safe. Police arrived before Charles could get away. In addition to attempted robbery, Charles is charged with possession of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.  

If convicted of the charges, Charles faces a maximum sentence of life with a mandatory minimum of seven years in prison. He also faces up to five years of supervised release and a possible fine.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ewald Zittlau.

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

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Updated December 15, 2014