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Rural King Robbers Plead Guilty In Federal Court

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

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that three men charged with the 2019 robberies of two central Florida Rural King locations—Carlos Eduardo Hampton, Jr. (22, Tampa), Quintin Eugene Augustus (18, Cocoa), and Jonathan Arthur Floyd (21, Cocoa) have each entered guilty pleas to two counts of interference with commerce by robbery. Hampton also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Each faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the robbery counts; Hampton also faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment for the firearm offense.

The individuals had been indicted on October 2, 2019.

According to the plea agreements, on July 26 and August 16, 2019, Hampton, Augustus, and Floyd used a sledgehammer to break into two Rural King locations in Ocala and Zephyrhills. The men then used the sledgehammer to smash open display cases and steal a total of 28 firearms. They were apprehended by the Zephyrhills Police Department after the second robbery. Hampton, a convicted felon, is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

A fourth individual, Christopher Hooker (24, Orlando), has also been charged in this case. He is currently awaiting trial.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Ocala Police Department, and the Zephyrhills Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.


Updated January 31, 2020

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