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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Baltimore Man Sentenced to Over 12 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Rob Three Cell Phone Stores

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Johnny Devon Snow, age 20, today to 150 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in the armed robberies of three cell phone stores.

The sentence 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; and Chief Gary Gardner of the Howard County Police Department.

According his plea agreement, from May 1, 2014 through June 24, 2014, Johnny Snow, his brother Justin Snow, their cousin Taylor Snow and Arkeene Redditt-Abrams conspired to rob three cell phone stores.  The defendants planned to steal cash, cell phones and other electronic communications devices, and tablet computers; and that they planned to sell the stolen merchandise.  As part of the plan, the defendants determined which firearms were used in the commission of the robberies; conducted surveillance of the targeted stores; wore face masks, hooded jackets and gloves to conceal their identities; and used plastic trash bags to carry the stolen items from the stores.

Specifically, on June 17, 2014, the defendants used a car rented by Taylor Snow to travel to an AT&T store on Dual Highway in Hagerstown.  Taylor Snow entered the store to to find out how many people were in the store and whether there were any security cameras.  She was talking on ta cell phone as she entered.  Less than a minute later Johnny and Justin Snow entered the store, and Justin Snow brandished a firearm in an attempt to rob an employee of the store. Johnny Snow stood near the door and Redditt-Abrams remained in the car, which was parked outside.  The defendants realized the store had cameras, left the store and fled in the waiting car.

A few hours later the defendants drove the rented car to an AT&T store in Ellicott City, Maryland. Redditt-Abrams entered the store to “case” it.  After he left the Snows entered the store, with Justin Snow again brandishing a gun. They stole cash, cell phones and tablet computers worth more than $18,000.  Surveillance video at an adjoining gas station captured images of Taylor Snow’s car at the gas pumps and while it was parked in front of the AT&T store.  The video showed Redditt-Abrams entering and leaving the store, then shows three people exiting the car and entering the store.  A short time later three people run from the store and get back into the car.

Further, after Johnny Snow’s arrest on June 24, 2014, Justin and Taylor Snow traveled to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where they used a gun to rob a T-Mobile store of cash, cell phones and tablet computers.

Justin Jose Snow, a/k/a “J.O.,” age 22; Taylor Yvonne Snow, age 22; and Arkeene Antoyn Redditt-Abrams, a/k/a “Duke,” age 26, all of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the robberies.  Taylor Snow was sentenced to nine years in prison.  Justin Snow is scheduled to be sentenced on June 30, 2015 and Redditt-Abrams is scheduled to be sentenced on August 15, 2015.  They remain detained.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, and Howard County Police Department, for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney John F. Purcell, who is prosecuting the case.

Violent Crime
Updated June 4, 2015