Investigation by FBI’s Cross Border Task Force Results in The Conviction of the Final Defendant in a Violent Robbery and Carjacking
Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal jury convicted Anthony Terrell Cannon, age 25, of Washington, D.C., late on September 12, 2014, of conspiracy, robbery, carjacking, and two counts of discharging a gun during a crime of violence, and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, in connection with an armored car robbery and a carjacking in which a victim was shot in the arm and head.
The conviction was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; the members of the FBI Cross Border Task Force - Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Assistant Director in Charge Andrew G. McCabe of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Washington Field Office; Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; Chief Cathy L. Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department; Chief Alan Goldberg of the Takoma Park Police Department; and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks.
According to the evidence presented at Cannon’s two week trial, on October 26, 2012, Cannon, Tonnie Floyd, and Marcellus Ramone Freeman, a/k/a Derrick Relando Pitts, driving a stolen Jeep, followed a Garda Cash Logistics armored transport vehicle to the Cricket store located in the 1300 block of University Boulevard East, Takoma Park, Maryland. A Garda employee exited the armored truck, went into the store and picked up a bag containing $3,911. As the employee returned to the armored truck, he was confronted by two co-conspirators with guns. The Garda employee dropped the money bag and at least one co-conspirator fired a gun at the employee. The employee shot back. One of the co-conspirators picked up the money bag. The co-conspirators ran back to the stolen Jeep. As the co-conspirators drove away, the employee continued to fire his handgun at the Jeep, striking a tire and the back window. Floyd was wounded in the shoulder during the gunfire.
The co-conspirators left the Jeep in a neighborhood nearby because it had a flat tire as a result of the shooting. They saw a man entering a vehicle, and shot the man in the arm and head, causing permanent and life-threatening bodily injury, then stole his vehicle. They drove the vehicle into the District of Columbia, where they set it on fire.
The evidence also included a recorded call between Cannon and an inmate at Prince George’s County Detention Center in which Cannon acknowledged his participation in the crimes and expressed disappointment in leaving an evidence trail in the stolen Jeep.
Cannon faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy; 20 years in prison for armed robbery; life in prison for each count of using and discharging a weapon during a crime of violence; 25 years in prison for carjacking; and 10 years in prison for interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle. Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for December 1, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Co-conspirator Tonnie Floyd, age 22, of Washington, D.C., previously pleaded guilty to robbery, and discharging a gun during the robbery and carjacking. Floyd is scheduled to be sentenced on November 25, 2014. Marcellus Ramone Freeman, a/k/a Derrick Relando Pitts, age 23, also of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty to the same offenses. Freeman and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts his plea, Freeman will be sentenced to between 241 months and 30 years in prison at his sentencing on December 11, 2014.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI Baltimore and Washington Field Offices, the Prince George’s County and Montgomery County Police Departments, the Metropolitan Police Department, the Takoma Park Police Department and the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys William D. Moomau and Bryan E. Foreman, who are prosecuting the case.