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

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Baltimore Man Admits to Robbing Six Businesses in Two Days

Baltimore, Maryland – Nick Hornberger, age 33, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to three counts of robbery.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.

According to his plea agreement, on March 5, 2014, from 12:40 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. Hornberger robbed the following five stores, stealing a total of $162 from four of these stores:

Royal Farms, Dundalk Avenue, Baltimore County;

Royal Farms, O’Donnell Street, Baltimore City;

7-11, Eastern Boulevard, Baltimore County;

7-11, Wise Avenue, Baltimore County; and

Dunkin Donuts, Kenwood Avenue, Baltimore County.

The following day, Hornberger robbed a pizza restaurant on Holabird Avenue in Baltimore County of $450.

In each robbery, the cashier or employee from whom Hornberger demanded money believed that Hornberger had a weapon, or was pointing a gun or assault rifle from inside of a white plastic bag.  Following his arrest, Hornberger identified himself in photos taken from video surveillance at each robbery.  A search warrant was executed at Hornberger’s motel room and a car used in the robberies.  Law enforcement seized a toy black assault style rifle stuffed inside a white plastic bag.

Hornberger and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Hornberger will be sentenced to between 60 to 151 months in prison.  U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for August 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Baltimore City and County Police Departments and Baltimore City and County State’s Attorney’s Offices for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant United States Attorney Piper F. McKeithen, a cross-designated Baltimore Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, and Assistant United States Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who are prosecuting the case.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated May 13, 2015