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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Two Men Federally Indicted for Armed Robbery of Milwaukee Food Market

United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced today that two Milwaukee men were indicted for the June 25, 2013 armed robbery of the Tobruk Food Market in Milwaukee.  Artemus Taylor (age: 21), and Joshua Childress, (age: 20), were charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery pursuant to the Hobbs Act and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. 

The indictment alleges that on June 25, 2013, the defendants, armed with a firearm, robbed the Tobruk Food Market located at 4401 West Lisbon Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  If convicted, each man faces up to 20 years in prison on the armed robbery count and a minimum mandatory sentence of 7 years and up to life in prison on the charge of use of a firearm during a robbery. 

The Hobbs Act, passed by Congress in 1946, provides federal jurisdiction for cases involving violent, habitual criminals who commit armed robbery of businesses involved in interstate commerce. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office collaborate together to ensure that violent offenders are effectively prosecuted, making our communities safer for all. 

This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Milwaukee Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Margaret B. Honrath

The public is cautioned that an indictment is merely a charge and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated January 29, 2015