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Press Release

Four Indicted in Conspiracy to Rob Three Cell Phone Stores

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted Justin Jose Snow, a/k/a “J.O.,” age 22; his brother, Johnny Devon Snow, age 20; their cousin Taylor Yvonne Snow, age 22; and Arkeene Antoyn Redditt-Abrams, a/k/a “Duke,” age 26, all of Baltimore, today in connection with the armed robberies of three cell phone stores.

The indictment 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 to the six-count indictment, from May 1, 2014 through June 24, 2014, the defendants conspired to rob three cell phone stores. The indictment alleges that 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, the indictment alleges that 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 allegedly entered the store to “case” it before the robbery. A short time later Justin Snow, Taylor Snow and Johnny Snow entered the store, and brandished a firearm in an attempt to rob an employee of the store. According to the indictment, a few hours later the defendants drove the rented car to an AT&T store in Ellicott City, Maryland. Redditt-Abrams allegedly entered the store to “case” it, then the Snows entered the store, brandished a gun and stole cash, cell phones and tablet computers worth more than $18,000.

Further, the indictment alleges that 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.

The defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy and for each of two counts of committing a commercial robbery; and a minimum of seven years and up to life in prison for each of three counts of brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, consecutive to any other sentence. No court appearance has been scheduled for the defendants who remain in custody on related state charges.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

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.

Updated January 27, 2015