Serial Armed Robber Convicted Of Seven Robberies and Related Gun Crimes
PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Lukeen Gerald, 30, of Philadelphia, PA, was found guilty today by a jury of seven counts of Hobbs Act robbery, six counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence, one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
During an approximately four-week period in early 2015, the defendant committed seven armed robberies of convenience stores and a bar in Philadelphia. During each robbery, the defendant brandished a gun and wore a mask. In one robbery of a Dunkin Donuts, the defendant accused the store employee of moving too slowly in handing over the store’s cash and fired his gun in anger.
The defendant was arrested after his seventh robbery when his car was stopped by Philadelphia Police officers for a traffic violation and, leaving the car, he fled on foot. After his arrest, the police recovered a shotgun, ski mask, and cash from the defendant’s car. After receiving his Miranda warnings, not only did the defendant admit he committed the robberies, but he also described each robbery in detail and told law enforcement where they could find evidence linking him to his crimes. The defendant has previously been convicted of a felony and therefore was prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.
“This defendant was a menace to the Philadelphia community,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “He has absolutely no respect for the law or for the safety of others. He terrorized seven different businesses in this City. During one robbery, he even brazenly shot his gun in the store – we are lucky that no one was killed. And we are thankful that he will now be spending many years behind bars.”
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah Damiani and Roberta Benjamin.