Three Men Indicted on Charges Related to the Armed Robberies of 10 Cell Phone Stores
Allegedly Robbed Stores in Virginia and in
Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Montgomery Counties in Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted Parris Benjamin Chisholm, age 24, of Millersville, Maryland; Donald Scott Deans, age 22, of Largo, Maryland; and Tyran Antwain Lane, age 22, of New Carrollton, Maryland, on charges related to the robberies of 10 cell phone stores. The second superseding indictment was returned on December 2, 2014, and unsealed today upon the arrest of Lane. The second superseding indictment adds Lane as a defendant and adds additional robberies discovered during the ongoing investigation.
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; Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
According to the 18-count second superseding indictment, from January 29, 2013 through July 4, 2014, the defendants participated in a conspiracy to rob cell phone stores in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Montgomery Counties, as well as Alexandria and Springfield, Virginia.
The indictment alleges that the defendants planned and organized the theft of cash, credit cards, cell phones, portable electronic communications devices, and tablet computers from businesses, their employees and customers. The defendants planned to sell the stolen property. According to the indictment, the defendants conducted surveillance at the businesses prior to the robberies in order to determine whether it was an appropriate establishment to rob. In nine of the 10 robberies, the indictment alleges that the defendants used and brandished a gun to intimidate the employees during the robberies. The defendants and others allegedly used duct tape to restrain employees and used plastic trash bags to carry the stolen cellphones and electronic devices from the premises. The defendants used Chisholm’s car to travel to and from the robberies and to transport the stolen property and guns used during the robberies
The defendants each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on the conspiracy and each of the robbery counts, and a minimum of seven years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, and up to life in prison for possessing and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. Lane has his initial appearance today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and was detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for Friday, December 12, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Beth P. Gesner. Chisholm and Deans previously had their initial appearance and were detained pending trial.
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, Anne Arundel County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County Police Departments, for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney John F. Purcell, Jr., who is prosecuting the case.