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Tampa Area Man Sentenced To More Than 17 Years For Series Of Convenience Store Robberies

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

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven has sentenced Enrique Marquez (26, Tampa) to 17 years and 11 months in federal prison for four Hobbs Act robberies, conspiracy to commit those robberies, and two counts of brandishing a firearm during the commission of the robberies. Marquez had pleaded guilty on December 5, 2022.

According to court documents, on May 5, 2022, Marquez and his co-defendants robbed two convenience stores in the Tampa area. During the robberies, Marquez brandished a firearm. The next morning, Marquez and his co-defendants robbed two more Tampa area convenience stores in the same manner. In addition, on May 1, 2022, Marquez shot two individuals when he and one of his co-defendants attempted to rob an individual in an effort to obtain narcotics.

Marquez’s co-defendants, Christopher Alvarez and Dyonnie Alvarez, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in this case. Their sentencing hearings are scheduled for April 18, 2023.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Samantha Newman. The forfeiture was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne Nebesky.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated May 1, 2023

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