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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 29, 2016

Washington D.C. Man Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Prison for Committing Three Armed Robberies in Maryland in Six Weeks

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Recardo Beatty, age 50, of Washington, D.C., today to 130 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release on three counts of robbery, and carrying and brandishing a firearm during a robbery.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Washington Field Office; Postal Inspector in Charge Maria L. Kelokates of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Washington Division; Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Chief Douglas Holland of the Hyattsville Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, on August 8, 2013, Beatty and co-conspirator James Davis drove to the Hyattsville Post Office.  Beatty first entered the post office to scout the inside.  Davis then entered, while Beatty waited outside in their getaway vehicle.  Davis pointed a paintball gun at an employee.  The employee and another employee fled from their cash registers, while Davis grabbed money and money orders out of the register.  Davis and Beatty fled in their vehicle.

On August 15, 2013, the pair traveled to a food store in Mt. Rainer, Maryland.  As Beatty waited outside in the vehicle, Davis entered the store, walked behind a counter where an employee was working and displayed a paintball gun.  Davis ordered the employee to open the cash register and Davis removed money.  Davis and Beatty fled in their vehicle.

On September 17, 2013, Beatty and Davis traveled to a discount store in Brentwood, Maryland and entered the store together, both carrying real firearms.  Davis demanded that an employee open a cash register, from which he took money and a cash box.  Beatty saw another employee approach a store exit door.  A fight ensued, and the employee was hit on the head.  Davis and Beatty fled the store in their vehicle.

On the same day as the Dollars and Sense robbery, the police investigation led to the recovery of the firearm from Beatty that was used in the robbery.  The next day, September 18, 2013, officers executed a search warrant at Beatty’s residence where Davis was staying, and recovered a paintball gun and clothing used in the robberies.

Judge Hazel sentenced James Davis, age 57, formerly of Washington, D.C., on February 17, 2016 to 16 years in prison for his participation in the conspiracy.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Prince George’s County and Hyattsville Police Departments for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Leah Jo Bressack and Special Assistant United States Attorney Matthew L. Paeffgen, who prosecuted the case.

Topic: 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Updated February 29, 2016