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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Conspirator In $220,000 Armored Car Robbery Exiled To Over 9 Years In Prison

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced John Bernard Williams, age 48, of Fort Washington, Maryland, today to 112 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit, and committing the armed robbery of an armored vehicle, and possession of a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.

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; Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

“Working with our law enforcement partners to curb violent criminal acts committed with firearms is a high priority of the FBI in Maryland,” said Stephen E. Vogt, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Baltimore Division. “We will continue to work with the Montgomery County and Prince George’s County Police Departments to target and arrest individuals committing these crimes.”

According to Williams’ plea agreement, in June 2012, Williams began planning the robbery of an armored vehicle outside the Navy Federal Credit Union located in the 12000 block of Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland. Williams and co-defendant Carmen Camacho recruited co-defendant Kai Holt to assist in the robbery. On June 13, 2012, Williams met Holt and two other co-defendants, Marcus Brooks and Deangelo Williams, and traveled in two vehicles to the Navy Federal Credit Union. After arriving, the conspirators drove around the area planning escape routes, then parked in a parking lot adjacent to the credit union. Williams instructed the co-conspirators to wait there until he had given them the signal that the armored car had arrived at the credit union. At about 11:20 a.m., Williams called Holt and told him to proceed with the robbery. Holt and Brooks walked towards the credit union, where a courier was unloading cash from the back of the van for delivery to the credit union. Holt and Brooks approached the courier and as they did so, Holt drew a semi-automatic pistol from his waistband. The courier abandoned the bag of money on the ground at the back of the van and ran away. Brooks picked up the bag, which contained $220,000, and he and Holt ran back to their vehicles and fled. Williams and his co-conspirators traveled back to Prince George’s County, Maryland, where they divided the proceeds of the robbery.

Carmen Camacho, age 31, of Fort Washington, Kai Holt, age 38, of Waldorf, and Marcus Brooks, age 21, of Lanham, Maryland, have all pleaded guilty to their roles in the robbery and are awaiting sentencing. Deangelo Williams, age 20, of Fort Washington, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, ATF, Montgomery County Police Department, Prince George’s County Police Department and the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Steven E. Swaney and William D. Moomau, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015