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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 27, 2018

Peabody Man Indicted on Robbery and Firearm Charges

BOSTON – A Peabody man was indicted yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with 15 armed robberies throughout greater Boston.

Luis Cintron, 39, was indicted on 15 counts of interfering with commerce by robbery and one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. In March 2018, Cintron was arrested and charged by criminal complaint and has been in custody since.

According to the charging documents, Cintron was involved in the robbery of 15 convenience stores in the greater Boston area between Dec. 28, 2017, and Feb. 15, 2018. During each of the robberies, which occurred in East Boston, Chelsea, Lynn, Winthrop, Peabody, and Everett, two robbers entered the store wearing masks and wielding a firearm. During a Jan. 8, 2018, robbery in Lynn, one of the robbers fired a gun at a clerk who had followed the robbers out of the store. 

Each charge of interfering with commerce by robbery provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. The charge of discharging a firearm during a violent crime provides for a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, to be served consecutive with any other sentence imposed, five years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Boston Police Commissioner William Evans; Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes; Lynn Police Chief Michael Mageary; Winthrop Police Chief Terence M. Delehanty; Peabody Police Chief Thomas Griffin; and Everett Police Chief Steven A. Mazzie made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Richardson of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated April 27, 2018