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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Two Men Federally Indicted for Armed Robbery of Milwaukee Walgreen's Store

United States Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad announced today that two Milwaukee men were indicted for the August 14, 2016 armed robbery of a Walgreen’s store located in Milwaukee.  Anthony J. Chappell (age: 25) and Christopher E. Morgan (age: 28) 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.  Chappell was also charged with felon in possession of a firearm and Morgan was charged with transferring a firearm to a prohibited person. 

The indictment alleges that on August 14, 2016, defendants Chappell and Morgan robbed the Walgreens store located at 2222 West Capitol Drive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Defendant Morgan provided Chappell with a firearm.  At the time of the offense, Chappell was a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm.  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 FBI’s Milwaukee Area Violent Crimes Task Force, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office.  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 defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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Updated August 24, 2016